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    Introduction The 19th century movement towards Italian unification which concluded in the establishment of The Kingdom of Italy on March 4th 1861 is called ‘’the Risorgimento’’. ‘’The Risorgimento was an ideological and literary movement that helped to arouse the national consciousness of the Italian people, and it led to a series of political events that freed the Italian states from foreign domination and united them politically.’’ (Risorgimento | Italian history | Britannica.com. 2015) The…

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    The renaissance was a time of over 300 years which changed European history forever. The renaissance started in Italy and worked its way all throughout Europe. It was a time where arts and literature blossomed, advances in technology were evolutionary, and intellectual excitement flourished. The word renaissance means precisely this, rebirth. Prior to the renaissance was the middle ages. The middle ages was a time where most people were not educated and the only book they would own was the…

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    “ What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” (Shakespeare act 2) What does this mean in terms of the Renaissance? We call it the Renaissance because it brought education. If it wasn’t called the Renaissance it wouldn’t have enlightened man. The Renaissance brought many great things such as the printing press and much of today's scientific theory’s. Even though it is quite obvious that there is physical changes from the Renaissance, how did the…

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    The land and sea routes on the Silk Road allowed for religions such as Buddhism and Christianity to spread throughout Asia and become established religions in places far from their origin. The Yungang Grottoes are Ancient Buddhist temples, located in Datong, China, formed from caves. These magnificent examples of ancient rock cut architecture portray the power of trade on the silk road perfectly because they are a shrine to Buddhism located thousands of miles away from the religion’s origin. The…

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    It is through the processes of time that brings about many changes in society; whether good or bad, nothing stays the same forever. The fall of the Roman Empire marked the ending of the Classical Period and the beginning of the Middle Ages. During this time, up until the 15th century, the circle of economic and political power drew not from Western Europe, for the region entailed backward kingdoms, each vying for power against one another. Nonetheless, medieval vitality, the source of dynamism…

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    If one was to stop and think about humanism, they could narrow it down to considering it a philosophy, a religion, or maybe even both. Humanism is a view that think that human needs are more important than supernatural needs. After a small time of research, humanism should be considered a philosophy. Humanism cannot be a religion, because every religion has a god. Some may think, “Well what about atheism or agnosticism?” Atheism and agnosticism is not a religion. Atheists do not believe in…

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    1. In your own words explain what a humanist is. Montaigne was considered a humanist. What do you see in his writing that supports his classification as a humanist? Explain your examples. A humanist is a person who does away with faith and lives for themselves. They wanted to live their lives without basing it on a religion. They believed that humans needs and wants are more important than the ones of religion. That people should be able to express themselves as individuals not as part of a…

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    There comes a time when people put the pathway of religion on hold and open the door for a new era, an era of creativity and change. That era defines the European Renaissance. From its beginning and purpose, to the taking place of literature, and the great people and legacy it left behind, is the reason the european Renaissance was a time of great change. The European Renaissance was about the change from all about religion to focusing on other values and things. “The Renaissance was a time…

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    Kurt Vonnegut’s Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Our Human Responsibility speech at Fredonia College reminds me of my pastor’s sermons, however without a religious aspect. Vonnegut advises this graduating class on how to be good people and lead good lives. The tone of this essay is patronizing, as it is expected for graduation speakers to be wise and impart wisdom into the new generation. This is why most graduation speeches are timeless, such as “This is Water” by David Foster Wallace. He…

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    Gabriel Toja Mr. Davalos English II 12/08/2015 Dante Alighieri’s Impact Impact, as defined by Merrian…….., is A great deal of historians would most likely agree the Renaissance marked an immense progress on society itself. These historians would also second that the Renaissance marked the rebirth of society. As a matter of fact, ‘’Renaissance’’ means rebirth in French. The Italian Renaissance began in 1330 and ended in 1550. It is credited the author ‘’Dante Alighieri’’ was one of the leading…

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