Wednesdays – How Did We Get Here?
6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 6/30
Instructor: Steve Pollack
The Renaissance – What lifestyle changes occurred with the Renaissance, and how did economies help to chape the nations of Europe? The Age of Discovery began, bringing competition between nations to find pepper, spices, gold, furs and sugar after the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire closed trade traffic to the East. The demand for goods from the “New World” created a demand for expansion, competition and slavery, giving rise to new empires that rivalled Rome, Persia and Macedonia of ancient times. How did sugar and nutmeg fuel the fortunes of nations, and how did the role of agriculture change with the rise of the Renaissance.