As these explorers returned from across the world with stories of peoples and cultures never previou

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As these explorers returned from across the world with stories of peoples and cultures  never previously known, Europeans were introduced to drastically different lifestyles and  beliefs. Some explorers brought foreign visitors to Europe, which introduced common  people—who wouldn’t otherwise be able to travel—to these foreign influences. The  Orient especially mystified Europeans: its religions, familial relationships, and scientific  discoveries astounded Westerners to such a degree that the emulation of Chinese  culture briefly came into fashion. All in all, this worldlier perspective provided  Enlightenment-era thinkers with the inspiration and impetus for change. Yet another major change in the lives of Europeans prior to the Enlightenment was the  weakening of adherence to traditional religious authority. The questioning of religion  itself can largely be traced to the tensions created by the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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