Hist Paper 3

Hist Paper 3 - 1 Tradonsky Brad Tradonsky M. Broude Hist...

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1 Tradonsky Brad Tradonsky M. Broude Hist 103 12/2/11 How changes in Europe Affected Religions Role In the Fourteenth Century the bubonic plague left roughly one third of Europe’s population dead. The plague brought to light the proximity of death and the fragility of life, which left the remaining two thirds of the population with countless questions about life, death, and, perhaps most importantly, life after death. Religion was used to answer these questions. Yet by 1775 in France, later in Europe’s early modern period, people were turning to political and social revolution in response to similar, albeit less serious, worries about death—this time stemming from a lack of food due to failed harvests and ridiculously high flour prices. One of the many reasons for this different response was the change in the role religion played in the early modern European’s lives. Although it is fair on a simplistic level to claim that religion played a less significant role in people’s lives during the “late” early modern period compared to the “early” early modern period, this hardly tells the whole story. It is more accurate to suggest that although religion continued to play an important role in people’s personal lives many factors—such as religious reformation, scientific revolution, and increased political structure—made religion an obsolete way to organize society by the end of the early modern period. In the beginning of the early modern period religion played an all-encompassing role. Not only were religious leaders there to answer any and all questions one had about the natural world, but they also held secular power and even acted as judges. The
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2 organizational influence religious figures possessed is well exemplified in a particular scene from Gene Brucker’s Giovani and Lusanna ; Archbishop Antonious calls for the pedasta (the secular investigators) to cease their investigation out of fear that it will
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