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Look at the map of various Renaissance trends on the next pages, and try to figure out how the intersections between these individual trends opened up opportunities for innovators who were paying close attention. ” 17 Decline of feudalism GROWTH OF TRADE IN ITALIAN COASTAL CITIES Shift from land-based to money-based economy New trading patterns and routes Increasing urbanization Booming cities and towns INCREASING FOREIGN TRAVEL Expansion of trade with the East Mainstream interest in finer food, fashion, art, literature, and music SURGE OF INTEREST IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY The 4 Lenses of Innovation New painting, sculpture, and decorative arts New styles, techniques, and technologies in art Growing popularity of theater and opera Demand for gold, ivory, tobacco, chocolate, spices 18 New technological inspiration from other lands Patronage of the arts and sciences More disposable income and leisure time Increased literacy New foods, fashions, philosophies Rise of powerful banking families New urban jobs in banking, commerce, and trades EMERGING MIDDLE CLASS SOCIETY Influence from Islamic and Asian societies Increasing use of oil paint Use of linear perspective Archeology of ancient Rome New architecture Rebirth of classical art, literature, science, and philosophy Demand for silk and cotton clothes Spinning wheels and horizontal looms RISE OF MECHANIZED INDUSTRIES Growth of cotton industry Use of blast furnaces Rapid spread of clockwork Increased use of fossil fuels More mining Growing iron and steel industry Better metallurgy Use of rails for underground transport Improved mechanical engineering ADVANCES IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE Improved shipbuilding IMPROVED TRANSPORTATION Use of telescopes, compasses, astrolabes, quadrants Increased naval exploration Rapid adoption of the printing press Education reforms PROLIFERATION OF BOOKS Wide availability of literature, poetry, technology texts, sheet music, newspapers Growth in papermaking industry Study of classical mathematics Better boats Better canal locks and dikes Start of tourism Better horse-drawn carriages Discovery and exploitation of new worlds Use of rail International book trade Spread of libraries Use of eyeglasses Study of art, literature, mathematics, science, and music Rise And Spread Of Humanism Declining Respect For Papal Authority And Church Dogma Emergence Of Protestantism Wide variety of new scientific instruments Introduction of double-entry bookkeeping New approaches to medicine and surgery Advances in astronomy More efficient agricultural techniques Advent of dentistry New theory of heliocentricity More varied uses of wind and water power Introduction of patenting New financial trading mechanisms Improving chemical technology More invention Spread of scientific and technical knowledge Adoption of the scientific method Increased canal and river transportation The Mind of the Innovator Improved cartography and navigation 19 Consider Johannes Gutenberg, whose mechanical, movable 3 type printing press is considered by many to be the most important invention of the modern period.

Terns; new influences from the East; new and bigger towns; new kinds of government; new secular education systems; new ways of dressing; new kinds of food; and even new Petrarch’s devotion to Greek and Roman literature of antiq- countries and colonies on the map. uity, and his passionate writings about the civilizing power of ancient philosophy, kicked off a trend that eventually became widespread. First in Italy and then abroad, it became increasingly fashionable to study and republish these classical texts.

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