Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 / Edition 1

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Overview

Covering European history from the invention of the printing press to the French Revolution, this textbook offers an innovative account of the variety of people's lives in the early modern period and within the global context of European developments. 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, illustrations, music examples and regularly updated bibliographies.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Merry Wiesner-Hanks' admirably up-to-date survey of early modern Europe succeeds in fulfilling a very challenging remit just about as well as one could wish. Its thematic structure, with a threaded narrative as required, represents the best way of imposing order and coherence on what can be an intractable mass of themes, problems, and divergent national histories. The difficult task of balancing breadth with depth is accomplished skilfully, and the text is particularly strong on gender and social relations. Students will undoubtedly appreciate its accessible unaffected style, as well as its range of well chosen (and often pleasingly unfamiliar) visual sources." Peter Marshall, University of Warwick

"This impressive synthesis consolidates Merry Wiesner-Hanks' reputation as a master synthesizer of early modern European history. In thirteen thematic chapters she manages to infuse all the usual topics with fresh life, while seamlessly incorporating recent advances in gender history, global connections, and cultural analysis. She refers, when needed, to controversial historical interpretations and punctuates her text with brief, strategically-placed, source documents. This will be a useful account for anyone interested in the period, and its clear prose will be accessible even to entry-level students." William Beik, Emory University

"Its structure is intended to present a student friendly format … Visitors to [the] excellent website can not only discover all the relevant details but may also download a sample chapter … Her discussion and ensuing definitions are enlightening … Merry E Wiesner-Hanks is of the opinion that she has written a book not the book on her subject; I think she is too modest, there is very little reason why this book should not be considered the seminal work for A level and first year under-graduates … she resists the temptation to present merely the narrative but deals with the arguments and perspectives of historians both past and present … this is a book to keep by you and dip in and out at will; the trouble is once you start dipping it's hard to stop." The Journal of the Open University History Society

'… indispensable works of the synthesis and as original interpretation of the European past … her heart beats for the role of women in history … She has a good writing style. Each reader is encouraged to think about continuities as well as changes across this formative period. Her further readings to each chapter invites the reader to become absorbed in special books to the subjects.' The European Legacy

"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: 1,089,882
  • 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 Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (third edition, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice (second edition, 2010) and Gender in History: Global Perspectives (second edition, 2010).
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Table of Contents

1 Europe in the world of 1450 14
2 Individuals in society, 1450-1600 44
3 Politics and power, 1450-1600 78
4 Cultural and intellectual life, 1450-1600 116
5 Religious reform and consolidation, 1450-1600 148
6 Economics and technology, 1450-1600 184
7 Europe in the world, 1450-1600 216
8 Individuals in society, 1600-1789 252
9 Politics and power, 1600-1789 284
10 Cultural and intellectual life, 1600-1789 326
11 Religious consolidation and renewal, 1600-1789 364
12 Economics and technology, 1600-1789 402
13 Europe in the world, 1600-1789 438
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