On the surface

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On the surface, the most apparent cause of the Enlightenment was the  Thirty Years’  War . This horribly destructive war, which lasted from 1618 to 1648, compelled German  writers to pen harsh criticisms regarding the ideas of nationalism and warfare. These  authors, such as  Hugo Grotius  and  John Comenius , were some of the first  Enlightenment minds to go against tradition and propose better solutions. At the same time, European thinkers’ interest in the tangible world developed into  scientific study , while greater  exploration  of the world exposed Europe to other  cultures and philosophies. Finally, centuries of mistreatment at the hands of monarchies  and the church brought average citizens in Europe to a breaking point, and the most  intelligent and vocal finally decided to speak out. Pre-Enlightenment Discoveries
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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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