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What is a good thesis statement for the Renaissance?

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06/18/2014

The Renaissance, French for "rebirth" is often thought to be a sudden break from the ignorance of the Dark Ages, paving the way for Europe's grand entry into knowledge and discovery. A good thesis statement to reflect the truth of the Renaissance, however, would read: "The Renaissance may be thought of as a development of, rather than a break from Middle Age chronology; the Plague's rampage through Europe left a population vacuum that fostered a burgeoning bourgeoisie, and the Crusaders' returning from Jerusalem transported Greco-Roman philosophy from the Moslem world which permitted this bourgeoisie to become essential to cultural production in the continued name of the feudal-based royal sovereign."