Between The Middle Ages And Modernity

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This groundbreaking book examines the complex relationships between individuals and communities during the profound transitions of the early modern period. Historians have traditionally identified the origins of a modern individualist spirit in the European Renaissance and Reformation. Yet since the 1960s, evolving scholarship has challenged this perspective by calling into question its basic assumptions about individualism, its exclusive focus on elite individuals, and its inherent Eurocentric bias. Arguing that...

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Between the Middle Ages and Modernity: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World

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Overview

This groundbreaking book examines the complex relationships between individuals and communities during the profound transitions of the early modern period. Historians have traditionally identified the origins of a modern individualist spirit in the European Renaissance and Reformation. Yet since the 1960s, evolving scholarship has challenged this perspective by calling into question its basic assumptions about individualism, its exclusive focus on elite individuals, and its inherent Eurocentric bias. Arguing that individual identity drew from traditional forms of community, these essays by leading scholars convincingly show that individual and community created and recreated one another in the major structures, interactions, and transitions of early modern times. The authors contend that on the one hand, communities provided the stability that allowed for individual agency, even as they imposed new forms of discipline that confined individuals to more rigid moral and social norms. On the other hand, individuals established forms of association to advance their own economic, social, political, and religious agendas. Offering an important contribution to our understanding both of the early modern period and of its historiography, this volume will be an invaluable resource for scholars working in the fields of medieval, early modern, and modern history, and on the Renaissance and Reformation.

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Parker and Bently have done a nice job of pulling together a wide range of topics in these 16 essays, which make the case for the early modern world as a field of historical studies. . . . This collection is a significant contribution to the study of early modernity. Highly recommended.
Sixteenth-Century Journal
The editors selected a program of . . . broad relevance to the early modern subfield, one that successfully accommodates both methodological reflections and more empirical studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742553095
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles H. Parker is associate professor of history at Saint Louis University. Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history and director, Center for World History, at the University of Hawaìi.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World Part 2 Structures Chapter 3 Early modern Europe and the Early Modern World Chapter 4 German Burghers and Peasants in the Reformation and the Peasants' War: Partners or Competitors? Chapter 5 A Tale of Two Brothers: Corporate Identity and the Revolt in the Towns of Holland Chapter 6 Family and Community in the Spanish World Part 7 Interactions Chapter 8 Individual and Community among the Medieval Travelers to Asia Chapter 9 Settle or Return: Migrant Communities in Northern Europe, c. 1600-1800 Chapter 10 Forcing the Doors of Heathendom: Ethnography, Violence and the Dutch East India Company Chapter 11 Creating a Littoral Community: Muslim Reformers in the Early Modern Indian Ocean World Part 13 Transitions Chapter 14 Custom, Community, and the Crown: Lawyers and the Reordering of French Customary Law Chapter 15 The Individual on Trial in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands: Between Tradition and Modernity Chapter 16 'They have highly offended the community of God': Rituals of Ecclesiastical Discipline and Pastoral Membership in the Community in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century German Parishes Chapter 17 Embodying the Middle Ages, Advancing Modernity: Religious Women in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-century Europe and Beyond Chapter 18 The Transitional Role of Jacques Coeur in the Fifteenth Century Chapter 19 The Individual Merchant and the Trading Nation in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp Chapter 20 Between Profit and Power: The Dutch East India Company and Institutional Early Modernities in the Age of Mercantilism

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