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Practice History WorkSheet

Contributions of Medieval Europe to Western Civilization
When historians attempt to ascertain the provenance of our modern western culture,
inevitably they focus their attention upon the contributions of Renaissance Europe and
the Greek and Roman civilizations. This historical focus is often to the exclusion of the
contributions made during the Middle Ages. Listed below are six cultural characteristics
that emerged in Medieval Europe. Next to the accomplishment, list major underlying
causes for these advancements.
Rise of Universities and Education
Limited Government
Explosive Population Growth
Christian Unity
Increased Agricultural Production
Emerging Market Economy