What is a good thesis statement for an essay on the Renaissance? The thesis statement should address whether the Renaissance was a period of revolutionary change.

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The Renaissance was unquestionably a period of change, but the query asks if it was a period revolutionary change. I would focus on the word "revolutionary." It is a strong term, meaning radical change or implying a sudden, complete overthrow of the existing political system for a new and different...

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The Renaissance was unquestionably a period of change, but the query asks if it was a period revolutionary change. I would focus on the word "revolutionary." It is a strong term, meaning radical change or implying a sudden, complete overthrow of the existing political system for a new and different system. The American, French, and Russian revolutions, for example, all overthrew a monarchial political order and imposed a completely different system in its stead.

What you have to decide is whether the change wrought by the Renaissance actually was radical enough to be revolutionary. I would say not, but that is for you to decide. However, if you do decide the Renaissance represented gradual but not revolutionary change, a thesis statement could look something like the following: The Renaissance, by reviving Classical thought and literature from the Greco-Roman era, brought important changes into society, but these changes were not sudden or radical enough to be described as revolutionary.

You would then proceed to define revolutionary and show how the Renaissance fell short.

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This is a great topic for an essay! Seeing the words "revolutionary change," one might immediately think of war and the politics of the time and be uncertain of how to answer. But the biggest changes that took place during the renaissance were cultural: innovations in art, architecture, literature, drama, philosophy, and religion that transformed the shape of Europe.

Given this, one broad thesis might be that the most revolutionary changes of the renaissance were cultural rather than political, and many of these cultural innovations continue to shape the world today. You would then need to go on to support this argument with examples from art history and literature. There are many to choose from: the invention of the printing press, the use of perspective in painting to make an image look three dimensional, and so on.

One thing to note: when arguing that something has significantly changed, you may need to address the way things were before the change in order to prove your point. So some questions you might ask as you're researching to write this essay include: What did art look like in the dark ages? How was knowledge disseminated before the printing press? To prove that cultural changes were revolutionary, you'll need to address the way they affected both quality of life and commonly held values.

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The Renaissance was a period of revolutionary change in so many areas, the first thing you need to do is determine what area you want to address in your thesis. It would be possible to develop an essay regarding the changes brought about during the Renaissance in many areas of endeavor.

If I were writing the essay, I would argue that the most far-reaching change of all during the Renaissance period was the invention of the printing press as perfected by Johannes Gutenberg. I would support that thesis by demonstrating the impact that the comparative mass production of printed materials, in contrast to the hand-written copies that were all that was available prior to that time, changed European cultures in many and radical ways.

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