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This reader brings together original and influential recent work in the field of early modern European history.

  • Provides a thought-provoking overview of current thinking on this period.
  • Key themes include evolving early-modern identities; changes in religion and cultural life; the revolution of the mind; roles of women in early-modern societies; the rise of the modern state; and Europe and the new world system
  • Incorporates new scholarship on Eastern and Central Europe.
  • Includes an article translated into English for the first time.
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"Collin and Taylor's anthology... will be a valuable resource in teaching the historiography of the early modern era." History“Touches on a wide range of methodologies … .Offers … a broadening of horizons beyond any specialty. Much undiscovered territory … much inspiration.” Sixteenth Century Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631228936
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Collins is Professor of History at Georgetown University, and Chair of the History Department.

Karen L. Taylor is Lecturer in History at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : interpreting early modern Europe 1
1 The legacy of Rome 18
2 Europe and the Atlantic slave systems 32
3 History, myth and historical identity 41
4 The Theresian School reform of 1774 55
5 The evil empire? : the debate on Turkish despotism in eighteenth-century French political culture 69
6 Ira Dei Super Nos 90
7 The charitable activities of confraternities 101
8 The sins of belief : a village remedy for hoof and mouth disease (1796) 121
9 "Dutiful love and natural affection" : parent-child relationships in the early modern Netherlands 138
10 A possible support for irreligion : the sciences 160
11 The material culture of the church and incipient consumerism 172
12 From a culture of science toward the Enlightenment 186
13 Contesting possession 197
14 Ritual and print discipline and invention : the Fete in France from the Middle Ages to the revolution 207
15 Political, economic, and legal structures 222
16 Women before the bench : female litigants in early modern Normandy 241
17 Review of the family, sex and marriage in England 1500-1800, by Lawrence Stone 258
18 Illegitimacy and infanticide in early modern Russia 268
19 Public leisure and the rise of salons 282
20 The crisis in assumptions about political thinking 305
21 From contractual monarchy to constitutionalism 317
22 The paradoxes of state power 332
23 The power of the king 348
24 The royal government, guilds, and the seamstresses of Paris, Normandy, and Provence 362
25 The courtization of the warriors 385
26 Women on top 398
27 The contrasts 412
28 Transcending east-west dichotomies : state and culture formation in six ostensibly disparate areas 419
29 Introduction to the great divergence, China, Europe, and the making of the modern world economy 430
30 Between carnival and lent : the scientific revolution at the margins of culture 443
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