Asked • 03/14/19

What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?

One of the common reasons given for the Renaissance and the subsequent scientific revolution is the rediscovery of classical works by scholars in Europe and the social change that the study of those works brought. However the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world at that time also had access to the Ancient Greek and Roman works. In fact, there were several Islamic scientists during the early Middle ages who made important discoveries. What are the major reasons then that the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution happened in Europe but not in the other two regions. In fact, why didn't such a change happen in the Ancient World itself? Was it the establishment of universities that happened in large part in Europe that was responsible for this change?

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BZ C. answered • 04/04/19

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Eccentric and Lovable Historian of Politics and Ideas

Julie O. answered • 03/14/19

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PreAP W History /Global Studies; US Govt/US History teacher

Jim M.

You speak the truth concerning Islamic influence, but forget to add that it was deliberate arson by the Moslems that burned down the library in Alexandria and also that Charlemagne kept quite a library at Acher, which survived the Dark Ages.


Julie O.

Forgot those thanks! And did not fully get that the Muslims did that ... maybe it was jealously for Timbuktu?


Jim M. answered • 04/10/19

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European Traveler and Student


Marco Polo was Italian. How was he affected by a deal that an English king made with his barons decades before his birth?


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