Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation,
1400 to 1648
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The Purse of Princes
Many dynastic rulers in the transition period between the Later Middle Ages and the Early Modern period became monarchs of territorial states.
Man as the Measure
The revived interest in the culture of classical Greece and Rome created the intellectual revolution of the Renaissance.
The Protestant Reformation divided Western Latin Christianity.
Further divisions among Western Christians led to wars, which, ironically, largely ended religion as a cause for war in the West.
God, Greed, and Glory
Various goals motivate Europeans to began ocean voyages, creating new colonial empires.