Europe Unfolding: 1648-1688 / Edition 2

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Overview

The new edition of this classic history provides readers with an introduction to a period characterized by diversity and vitality alongside war, plague, revolution and famine. The book has been updated in the light of recent scholarship and includes a fully revised bibliography.

The history of Europe between 1648 and 1688, often associated mostly with Louis XIV or the Age of the Baroque, was in fact disturbed by more cross-currents than at almost any other period. Disturbances, conflicts and uprisings along the remote frontiers, in Poland, in the Ukraine, in the Carpathians and in South-Eastern Europe, had repercussions in Vienna, Paris, Stockholm, and The Hague, affecting diplomacy across the world, Yet, at the same time, Europe was home to Newton and Huygens, Velazquez and Rembrandt, Pascal and Bossuet, Bernini and Racine. The diversity and vitality of European science and culture was all the more astonishing for the incessant ravages of war, plague and famine.

The period which opens with a lull after the Thirty Years War and closes with another period of calm before the Wars of English and Spanish Succession, witnessed the flowering of Dutch prosperity, the rise of Muscovy, and the slow decline of Turkey and Venice. Almost everywhere the institution of monarchy, shaken at the outset, was by 1688 more strongly entrenched than ever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213871
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/16/2001
  • Series: Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe Series
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,285,055
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
1 A New Stability at the Centre 1
2 The Crises of Eastern Europe 24
3 The Eclipse of France 52
4 The Survival of Spain 74
5 The Standstill of the North 92
6 The Minor Experiments in Autocracy 117
7 The Major Experiment: France 137
8 The European Mind, 1640-70 163
9 The Dipomacy and Warfare of Louis XIV, 1660-80 187
10 The Ottoman Empire and its Impact on Europe, 1672-88 216
11 The Uneasy Calm of Western Europe, 1678-88 246
12 Epilogue: The Interlock of 1688 281
The Ruling Dynasties 294
Further Reading 297
Index 309
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