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Renaissance Italy and the Reformation: Economy & Trade

Year 8 History: Middle Ages and early exploration | Renaissance Italy (c.1400 – c.1600) ACDSEH | VCHHK

Source: The Battle about Money. (Van der Heyden, 1570).

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings

Students understand the significant challenges and developments faced by the society that caused progress or decline, including the Reformation, Renaissance and Age of Exploration.

Essential Questions
  • What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
  • Which significant people, groups and ideas from this period have influenced the world today?

Renaissance Italy and the Reformation | Economy: Introduction

Level 1 resource

Renaissance Italy and the Reformation | Economy: The Medici

The Medici family were Italian merchants and bankers who ruled Florence and, later Tuscany from 1434 to 1737.

To explore more about how the Medici family used the wealth from their banking and business activities to gain power in Florence and Tuscany as well throughout Italy and Europe see the Medici Family resources under the Power & Politics tab.

Renaissance Italy and the Reformation | Economy: Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Did you know that one of the oldest bank in the world (Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena) was founded in the Italian Republic of Siena during the early Renaissance?

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