Chronology of Main Events 1598-1700.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Maps.- The Thirty Years War in the German Lands.- Government in Wartime Europe.- The Framework of Life.- Enterprise and Profit.- The Structure of Society: Nobility, Office-Holders and the Rich.- The Structure of Society: Urban Life.- Provincial Revolts, Civil Wars and Crises in Mid-century Europe.- The Structure of Society: Peasant and Seigneur.- Beliefs, Mentalités, Knowledge and the Printed Text.- The Arts, the Value of Creativity and the Cost of Appearances.- Absolute Monarchy and the Return of Order After 1660.- Power and State-Sponsored Violence in the Later Seventeenth Century.- Conclusions.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.
Seventeenth-Century Europe / Edition 2by Thomas Munck
Pub. Date: 09/01/2005
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
This thematically organised text provides a compelling introduction and guide to the key problems and issues of this highly controversial century. Offering a genuinely comparative history, Thomas Munck adeptly balances Eastern and Southern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Ottoman Empire against the better-known history of France, the British Isles and Spain.
- gives full prominence to the political context of the period, arguing that the Thirty Years War is vital to understanding the social and political developments of the early modern period
- provides detailed coverage of the debates surrounding the 'general crisis', absolutism and the growth of the state, and the implications these had for townspeople, the peasantry and the poor
- examines changes in economic orientation within Europe, as well as continuity and change in mental and cultural traditions at different social levels.
Now fully revised, this second edition of a well-established and approachable synthesis features important new material on the Ottomans, Christian-Moslem contacts and on the role of women. The text has also been thoroughly updated to take account of recent research.
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