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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson F: Renaissance and Reformation


The Protestant and Catholic Reformation challenged the religious policies and practices of church leaders throughout Europe. The humanism of the Renaissance was translated into criticism of the pope and the Roman Catholic Church, resulting in a variety of changes to European society. Individuals and broader reform movements brought attention to corruption and overall abuse by religious officials. The emergence of new Christian faiths and the upheaval of war contributed to the modern map of Europe. These changes would not have been possible without the use of the printing press to publish and spread reform literature. Think about these examples as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - The Changes of the Reformation

What were the main causes and consequences of the Protestant and Roman Catholic Reformation?

  • Describe the main complaints of church reformers and the results of religious changes in Europe during the Reformations.
  • How did the printing press impact the political and social changes of the Reformations?
  • Include details and examples to support your answer.

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