Read pages 407-412 and answer the following:
#1. What role did economic developments play in creating an environment that could produce the intellectual and artistic creativity associated with the Renaissance? What was the basis of Italian economic strength, both in the northern cities and in Florence?
#2. Describe the evolution of government in the dominant city-states of Italy.
#3. What five powers dominated the Italian peninsula in the fifteenth century? How did the Italian city-states contribute to modern diplomacy? What is balance of power?