Europe in Crisis: 1598-1648 / Edition 2

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In the new edition of this classic book, Geoffrey Parker draws on material from all over Europe to provide an authoritative and exciting account of the eventful first half of the seventeenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Geoffrey Parker's book is characteristically lucid, lively and vigorous. In its updated form it makes the best introduction to the period I know."
Peter Burke FBA, Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge

"This is no ordinary textbook, but one that can be read and enjoyed again and again. Thanks to the breadth of the author's knowledge of the primary and secondary material, even scholars of the period will continually find new nuggets of information and fresh insights to set them thinking."
Laurence Brockliss, Magdalen College, Oxford

"This textbook is witty, lively and provocative. Unlike so many anglophone historians, Professor Parker thinks Moscow and Mecklenburg are as interesting as Madrid or Marseilles: this is a genuinely European history of Europe."
Robert Frost, King's College, London

"The 2001 version of Europe in Crisis is much more than the 1979 [edition] with a few additions or amendments: the text has been revised thoroughly and comprehensively, many passages in the 2001 bear little resemblance to their predecessors, and the presentation and style of the book are emphatically 'new millennium' rather than '1970s'... Students and other reders who came to the period 1598-1648 through Europe in Crisis will find the new edition equally instructive, enjoyable, enlightening and essential; it thoroughly deserves the appellation of 'Modern Classic' and will long remain a standard text." (Reviews in History)

"The new edition [is] equally instructive, enjoyable, enlightening and essential; it thoroughly deserves the appellation of 'modern classic' and will long remain a standard text"
David J Sturdy (Reviews in History, Sept 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631220275
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe Series
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University. He previously taught at Yale University (1993-96) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was department chair from 1989 to 1991. He also taught at the Universities of Cambridge and St Andrews in Britain and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada. His many books include The Military Revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800 (1988), the winner of two book prizes, Philip II (1978), now in its third edition, The Grand Strategy of Philip II (1998) The Dutch Revolt (revised edition, 1984), and The Thirty Years' War (revised edition, 1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Note on Conventions
Prelude: Prague Spring
1 European Society and the Economy
1 Climate and Crisis 1
2 Rich and Poor 10
3 Supply and Demand 18
4 An Economy on the Edge of Crisis 25
2 European Society and the State
1 The Theory of Absolutism 29
2 Religious Absolutism 35
3 Political Absolutism 40
4 The State and War 48
3 The Time of Troubles in the East, 1593-1618
1 The Austrian Habsburgs and the Turks 57
2 The Vasas and their Enemies 68
3 The Rape of Russia 75
4 Armed Neutrality in the West, 1598-1618
1 The Recovery of France 82
2 The Netherlands Divided 94
3 Spain under Philip III 106
5 The Apogee of Habsburg Imperialism, 1618-1629
1 The Bohemian Revolt 117
2 Years of Victory 124
3 Rise and Fall of a Coalition 131
4 France and the Cold War for Italy 140
6 The Defeat of the Habsburgs, 1629-1635
1 Sweden and Poland 152
2 Gustavus Adolphus and Wallenstein 157
3 The Cardinal-Infante 169
7 War and Revolution, 1635-1648
1 On the Edge of Disaster 177
2 The Crisis of the Spanish Monarchy 186
3 France Resurgent 193
4 The End of the Eighty Years' War 198
5 The End of the Thirty Years' War 200
8 The Culture of Post-Renaissance Europe
1 War and Culture 210
2 The Culture of Everyday Life 218
3 Elite Culture 234
Notes 263
Further Reading 292
Index 311
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