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Social conditions leading to the Renaissance

What were the social conditions that led to the Renaissance and what were some characteristics of Renaissance art?

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There were various social conditions that led to the Renaissance. In the preceding period, the Middle Ages, there were wars and plague. The famous Black Plague was considered to have been spread by fleas which came over on sailing ships due to the movement of peoples along new trade routes. This pandemic cost the lives of about a third of Europe's population. As a result, food and land became cheaper, so more people could buy them, and at the same time, the common man wanted more ...

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This solution discusses social conditions and characteristics of the Renaissance.