Europe 1600-1789

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Anthony F. Upton's new history of the period leading up to the French Revolution provides both a coherent survey of the main developments and a compelling interpretation of which forces ultimately undercut the European monarchies. Europe 1600-1789 explores the tensions that developed as the laboring poor and the ruling elite remained attached to traditional, self-sustaining communities, while the commercial and financial sectors, pursuing different interests, only supported traditions when it worked to their own ...

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Overview

Anthony F. Upton's new history of the period leading up to the French Revolution provides both a coherent survey of the main developments and a compelling interpretation of which forces ultimately undercut the European monarchies. Europe 1600-1789 explores the tensions that developed as the laboring poor and the ruling elite remained attached to traditional, self-sustaining communities, while the commercial and financial sectors, pursuing different interests, only supported traditions when it worked to their own benefit. As their interests became increasingly distinct, their conflict with traditional structures of authority became irreconcilable.

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"Recommended for undergraduates and for general audiences interested in the larger sweep of history."—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340663387
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/2/2001
  • Series: Arnold History of Europe Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Upton is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of St. Andrews.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Pt. I The End of an Era
1 The European World of the Seventeenth Century 3
2 The First European War 39
3 The Origins of the Modern State: The Absolutist Route 71
4 The Origins of the Modern State: Alternative Routes 91
Pt. II The Emergence of the Great Powers
5 Towards 'Absolutism': Variations round a Theme 119
6 The Evolution of the British State: A Different Model 142
7 Developments on the North-Eastern Periphery 156
8 The Second European War, 1660-1721 192
Pt. III The End of the Old Regime
9 Changing Mentalities 207
10 Change in the Economy and Society 219
11 Social Change 228
12 A New Search for Political Stability 243
13 The Stabilization of the North-Eastern Borderlands 258
14 The European Power Game, 1715-1740 264
15 The Last European War of the Ancien Regime, 1740-1763 270
16 The Enlightenment 287
17 Enlightened Despotism: The Enlightenment in Action 294
18 The Big Three and Scandinavia 307
19 Alternative Models 339
20 The French Time Bomb 358
Conclusion: Europe in 1789 373
Endnotes 375
Chronology 391
Genealogies 401
Bibliography 407
Index 421
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