A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe

A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe

by Peter H. Wilson
     
 

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This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe.

Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society,

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This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe.

Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien Régime.

This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.

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"This is a useful book. It starts the student off with the idea if interrelationships between social, economic, cultural and political change.... University libraries catering for a wide range of courses in historical subjects will want to consider this for acquisition." (Reference Reviews, 2009)

"This is an impressive volume, with leading experts providing a wide-ranging coverage that should satisfy most requirements for effective and thoughtful introductory surveys.... All specialists on this period will find much of value in this excellent volume." (History, January 2009)

"A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe…. Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies … brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections." (Library Journal)

Library Journal

In 31 engaging essays, Wilson (From Reich to Revolution) and 29 international scholars offer a vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe, including many previously under-recognized northern and eastern states. Also significant is the book's inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies-which brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. The essays are thematically divided into five segments: communities and their economic realities, the development of culture, geographically disparate sociopolitical concerns, Europe's connection to the outside world, and variations in government. Intended for field specialists, the essays sometimes make references that may seem obscure to general readers. Recommended for European history collections.


—Savannah Schroll Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405139472
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/21/2008
Series:
Blackwell Companions to European History Series , #13
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.70(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This is a useful book. It starts the student off with the idea if interrelationships between social, economic, cultural and political change.... University libraries catering for a wide range of courses in historical subjects will want to consider this for acquisition." (Reference Reviews, 2009)

"This is an impressive volume, with leading experts providing a wide-ranging coverage that should satisfy most requirements for effective and thoughtful introductory surveys.... All specialists on this period will find much of value in this excellent volume." (History, January 2009)

“A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe … .Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies … brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections.” ( Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Wilson is Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull. His books include From Reich to Revolution: German History 1558-1806 (2004); Absolutism in Central Europe (2000) and The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 (1999).

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