Unformatted text preview: that the German Johann Guttenberg developed movable type that streamlined the printing press and made books more readily available. The Italians developed their presses and started the process by printing Dante's Divine Comedy in vernacular Italian rather than Latin. This allowed more people access to the written word. There was a concerted effort to acquire information in a very diversified range of topics from geology and optics to engineering and medicine. The economic fluctuations in Italy also forwarded the development of artists and schools, the condottieri became power brokers and set individual cities as centers of humanism and learning which was reflected in the art commissions....
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- renaissance, German Johann Guttenberg, Bruce Schwabach