Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 / Edition 1

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Covering European history from the invention of the printing press to the French Revolution, this accessible and engaging textbook offers an innovative account of people's lives, from a variety of backgrounds, in the early modern period and within the global context of European developments. Six central topics - individuals in society, politics and power, cultural and intellectual life, religion, economics and technology - are explored in two chronological sections, 1450-1600 and 1600-1789. The text takes in Europe in its entirety, eastward to the Ottoman Empire, northward to Sweden, and southward to Portugal, includes European colonies overseas, and integrates religious, ethnic, gender, class, and regional differences. Students are encouraged to think about continuities as well as changes across this formative period and throughout the text, maps, illustrations, timelines, and textboxes of original sources and featured topics illuminate the narrative. Online resources include primary source material, music examples and regularly updated bibliographies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Wiesner-Hank's approach is heavily conditioned by social history and splendidly integrates the non-European world and Europe's colonial interests. [...] Libraries will want to add this erudite volume, which is much more than a textbook, to their collections." — Choice

"Wiesner-Hanks has succeeded in writing an engaging synthesis of the 'new picture' of the early modern period at the survey level. It is up to date and impressive in its breadth of coverage, and will be useful for anyone with a general interest in the period, especially those interested in gender and social history" -Dwight E.R. Ten Huisen, H-German

"As an introductory survey of European history from the invention of the printing press to the French Revolution, it admirably synthesizes an immense array of disparate themes and approaches while maintaining reader attention... Throughout, Wiesner's style is engaging and intentionally accessible to the current generation of students." -Dwight E.R. Ten Huisen, H-German

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005210
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge History of Europe Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 1,224,300
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an experienced textbook author. Her recent books include Discovering the Ancient Past (2004), Gender in History (2001) and the second edition of Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Europe in the world of 1450; 2. Individuals in society, 1450-1600; 3. Politics and power, 1450-1600; 4. Cultural and intellectual life, 1450-1600; 5. Religious reform and consolidation, 1450-1600; 6. Economics and technology, 1450-1600; 7. Europe in the world, 1450-1600; 8. Individuals in society, 1600-1789; 9. Politics and power, 1600-1789; 10. Cultural and intellectual Life, 1600-1789; 11. Religious consolidation and renewal, 1600-1789; 12. Economics and technology, 1600-1789; 13. Europe in the world, 1600-1789; Index.

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