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Why did the renaissance begin in Italy by the 1400's? There are many reasons for the renaissance beginning in Italy by the 1400's, the result of the crusades, an increase in trade and knowledge an increase

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History Essay Why did the renaissance begin in Italy by the 1400's? There are many reasons for the renaissance beginning in Italy by the 1400's, the result of the crusades, an increase in trade and knowledge an increase in wealth, the remainders and reminders, the fall of Constantinople and Italy's position in the Mediterranean sea. The main reason for the renaissance beginning in Italy by the 1400's was due to the crusades. Although the crusades ended in 1295 it still took around 100 years before Italy started to benefit from them. The crusades brought trade, spices, new technology, maths, manuscripts and the black plague. The black plague was a disease that killed millions of people. ...read more.

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Besides the effect from the crusades an increase in trade and knowledge also contributed to the renaissance beginning in Italy by the 1400's. This new class of people only began because of the black plague collapsing the feudal system, letting peasants become a higher class person. Many of these peasants choose to become traders and merchants becoming very wealthy and also getting new technology while on there travels e.g. spices, maths, and manuscripts then returning to Italy with this knowledge. These peasants wanted bigger and better thing and now had the money to afford this. The remainders and reminders where always present in Italy but no one could afford to copy them until this stage in time. ...read more.

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The fall of Constantinople in 1453 lead to hundreds of well educated people fleeing to Italy. Scholars, bankers and traders all fled to Italy Therefore Italy had a massive increase in skill, knowledge and wealth. This also led to the start and progress of the renaissance. Italy's position in the Mediterranean Sea had a huge impact on the renaissance. Merchants would usually dock on the coast of Italy usually because it was a half way point on a voyage, which meant that people could buy any goods before the ships would get to other countries. As you can see the reasons for the renaissance beginning in Italy by the 1400's was because of a chain-reaction of events all happening around the same time, and Italy at the time had the desire and passion to become a dominant country. Word count: 546 ...read more.

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