After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe

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After the Black Death is a short, readable introduction to the social history of Western Europe from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Beginning with an examination of material civilization, the author's inquiry moves on to family and community structure, social conflict, and religious beliefs.

"Students and general readers, however, will read the work with interest and pleasure for the information it provides in an engaging manner."--Choice

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In the flood of books in European social history, this superb synthesis will surely stand out. It is based on specialized studies of social changes across early modern Europe (but primarily in France) that led to the Industrial and the French revolutions. Structured around communitiesvillages, towns, and citiesit offers a mine of fresh information about elites, the middle classes, the poor, demographic trends, marriage patterns, education, crime, social rebellions, and sexuality. As in late medieval, so in early modern Western Europe, the nuclear family of four or five people was the general norm. College teachers, students, anyone interested in the social life of the modern West will appreciate this beautifully written, soundly researched, and highly knowledgeable book. Bennett D. Hill, St. Anselm's Abbey, Washington, D.C. Kammen, Michael. A Machine That Would Go of Itself: the Constitution in American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253204042
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Studies in History
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I The Eternal Village 1
II The Freedom of the City 14
III The Urban Community 30
IV The Urban Elite 41
V The Privileged Estates 56
VI The Evolution of Rural Society 67
VII Rebellion 80
VIII On the Margins of the Community 101
IX Private Lives 117
X Worldly Minds 134
XI War and Plunder 149
XII Conclusion 164
Notes 167
Suggestions for Further Reading 175
Index 181
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