Essay about History and Its Effects on the Future

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History and Its Effects on The Future

According to definition, History is a narrative of events in the order in which they happened with their causes and effects, a record of past events. Throughout history many events have further evolved the human race, providing different ideas, policies, political laws and ways, and even scientific advances that further pushed the boundaries of human life to where they are today. The future is very much affected by the past and this is clearly present throughout the later Middle Ages all the way to the 18th century. The achievements of this time period in religion, exploration, science, culture, and arts are some of the most important achievements throughout history. In the 1400s the demand for
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Wittenbergers began to trek over the border to Albrecht's lands to listen to the sales pitch from the shameless indulgence hawker, the Dominican John Tetzel. Martin Luther then prepared in Latin ninety-five theses- arguments or talking points- about indulgences that he announced he was willing to defend in an academic disputation and thanks to the printing press Luther had a few copies printed and posted one on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. Luther argued the salvation couldn't be bought but rather that it comes from faith alone; he questioned the authority of both popes and councils. The pope demanded that Luther be arrested, but the Elector Frederick answered by defending Luther. Fredrick refused to make the arrest without first giving Luther a hearing at the Imperial Diet, which was set to meet at the town of Worms in 1521. At the diet, Emperor Charles V ordered Luther to disavow his writings, but Luther refused to do so. For several days the diet was in an uproar, divided by friends and foes of Luther's doctrines. Just before he was to be condemned by the emperor, Luther disappeared, and rumors flew that he had been assassinated. Turned out Frederick the Wise had kidnapped Luther for his own safety and hidden him in the castle at Wartburg. The Reformation quickly became a vast, sprawling movement far beyond the control of any individual, even in Luther's own Wittenberg. The importance of this event for the future is because without it there would

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