In a past article, we looked at three world historical events that have shaped our lives. In this article, we shall continue with the countdown as we approach the 1st position.
- The Reformation
The Reformation happened due to the publishing of a 95 thesis by Martin Luther king. Its purpose was to question the authority and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. In the 16th century, people became more literate. They reasoned more and felt less and this constituted the Protestant Reformation that took over Europe in a wave. The world got filled with new Protestant churches while the reformers changed their location to America or what was then known as the New World.
The important result of the Reformation is that the Roman Catholic power was decentralized. The idea of questioning ancient beliefs also sprang up as various scientific beliefs were needed. Had it not been for this reformation, Industrial Revolution would not have been possible.
- Medical Revolution
Have you ever thought of a world that had no doctors or medical helpers? That is without any doubt scary. That is how it used to be those days when pandemics were more deadly than they are today.
When penicillin was discovered, more lives got saved than even when water purifiers were discovered (did you think that was important?). When small pox came out, vaccination prevented the human race from becoming extinct. That is a period when small pox was seen as a punishment for the evil doers.
You now realize that medical revolution in deed was a significant historical occurrence to the human race. If not, try to avoid taking medicines the next time you fall sick and see what will happen next.
- The Assassination of Austria’s Archduke
You are probably asking yourself whether that had any significance to the human beings at all. But the reality is that it had an impact on the First World War. When the assassination happened, Austria declared war on Serbia. These circumstances invited the First World War.
This was the very war in which modern lethal weapons were used in fights. Tanks as well as chemical weapons were used. The result is that nine million people were killed. Empires in countries such as Austria and Russia were completely wiped out. The Russian Revolution and the League of Nations was born out of this war. Eventually, the Second World War happened.
- The Renaissance
The Renaissance gave the world Michelangelo, Picasso and Da Vinci and you now wonder how that impacted the world. The Renaissance wasn’t an event. It was an occurrence that so to it Europe is reborn after the Black Death destroyed it. Vasco da Gama and Columbus changed the World maps with the intention of giving them a look of new civilization.
Books were printed and the educated did not come from the church alone. A common man got thousands to read, just like the monk or priest. This cannot be viewed as a cultural change but rather a breakthrough.