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Many people thought the world would end when the Black Death decimated Europe and Asia. To everyone’s surprise, the world kept going, and culture experienced a rebirth. In Europe, that rebirth was called the Renaissance.

Background of the Renaissance Era

The Renaissance (approximately 1300-1600) was a boom of artistic and scientific learning in Europe. Although the Dark Ages were not truly as dark as the name implies, the Renaissance was a rebirth for scholars and artists as they embraced new ideas and rediscovered classic philosophy, literature, and science.

The bubonic plague killed so many people that it changed the social status of manual laborers and artisans. Overpopulated areas suddenly didn’t have enough hands to do the work. Everyone had to stop and rethink how they lived their daily lives, how they would plan for the future, and what value an individual possessed.

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