2011-09-19 The Medieval Universe

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The Medieval Universe September 19, 2011 History 108 Prof. November
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Stability and Its Limits Medieval Europe could have been like China: stable and comfortable but stagnant Plagues and Trade undermined stability Undermined 3-estate system (Church, Nobility, Peasantry) Disruptions reward those who can change Space created for new kinds of thinking
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Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Stability Church embraces and promotes philosophy of Aristotle Metaphysics dovetail with spirituality Emphasis on form and perfection No feasible challenge to social order Church’s defense of Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the cosmos Geocentrism as motivator and regulator
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Party Like It’s 999 The world did not come to an end in 1000 or 1001 No Golden Age emerged Millennialism Eschatology disappoints Europe’s population keeps growing
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Estimated Total Population in Europe 1000 38 million 1100 48 million 1200 59 million 1300 70 million 1347 75 million 1352 50 million
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