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Which of the following is a historical factor that led to the Age of Enlightenment?

a. The invention of the telegraph
b. Voyages of discovery beyond Europe
c. The belief that the world was flat
d. The Spanish Inquisition

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2306, History and rights, Part 14: Age of Enlightenment
On today's podcast, we discuss the factors that led to the Age of Enlightenment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2305, History and rights, Part 13: Capitalism, natural rights, Protestantism, and Adam Smith.
Capitalism was justified by both natural rights philosophy and Protestant religious ideas.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2304, History and rights, Part 12: The rise of capitalism
The increase in over greater distances help break up feudalism in Europe.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2303, History and rights, Part 11: The Peace of Westphalia
The Peace of Westphalia gave rise to the modern nation-state.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2302, History and rights, Part 10: Wars of the Reformation
The Reformation sparked bloody violence in Europe that would spawn the modern nation-state.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2301, History and rights, Part 9: The Reformation, individualism, and the Puritans
The Reformation posed a threat to most established institutions and authority.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2300, History and rights, Part 8: Greater freedom of conscience
The Reformation encouraged greater freedom of conscience and decentralzed religious authority.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2299, History and rights, Part 7: The Protestant Reformation
The Reformation was a powerful stimulus to modern individualism.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2298, History and rights, Part 6: The Renaissance
A lot of things changed during the Renaissance. Find out what happened on 60-Second Civics.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2297, History and rights, Part 5: Medieval European society
Imagine a society where you never leave the social class you were born in: this was medieval Europe.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2296, History and rights, Part 4: Classical republicanism in medieval Europe
Some medieval ideas about society and government came from classical republicanism.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2295, History and rights, Part 3: Feudalism
Europe in the Middle Ages was fragmented, people were isolated, and feudalism predominated.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2294, History and rights, Part 2: The influence of the Church
Christianity was a powerful force during the Middle Ages but political loyalties were still local.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2293, History and rights, Part 1: The Judeo-Christian religious tradition
Much of the Founders' commitment to liberty and individual rights sprang from the Judeo-Christian tradition.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2292, Natural rights philosophy, Part 10: Human equality
Slavery was introduced in Virginia in 1619. Nevertheless, the idea of human equality would be used as a weapon to attach slavery.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2291, Natural rights philosophy, Part 9: Limited government
According to John Locke, the people own government and the people can terminate it.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2290, Natural rights philosophy, Part 8: Popular sovereignty
Two important ideas from natural rights philosophy: popular sovereignty and government by consent.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2289, Natural rights philosophy, Part 7: Inalienable rights
During the crisis of the Revolution, Americans took a more personal view of their inalienable rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2288, Natural rights philosophy, Part 6: The Bible of the Revolution
Whose work was considered to be the Bible of the Revolution? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2287, Natural rights philosophy, Part 5: The right to revolution
The right to revolution became a key argument of the Declaration of Independence.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2286, Natural rights philosophy, Part 4: Life, Liberty, and Leviathan
In contrast to Thomas Hobbes, John Locke imagined that people form social contracts to preserve their rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2285, Natural rights philosophy, Part 3: Leviathan
It was a century of rapid change. Classical republicanism had lost its luster. Then came Hobbes and Locke.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2284, Natural rights philosophy, Part 2: Basic questions
What would life be like in a state of nature? That's what Hobbes and Locke asked themselves.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2283, Natural rights philosophy, Part 1: Divine right vs. self-government
The Declaration of Indepence put forth a radical proposition: that government had to have the consent of the people.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2282, Ideas about civic life, Part 9: The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence contains some of the most important ideas underlying our government.