A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Age of Napoleon / Edition 3

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A classic in its field, loved by instructors and students for its narrative flair, humor, authority, and comprehensive coverage. More than 100,000 copies sold!
Available in both one-volume and two-volume paperback editions, A History of Modern Europe presents a panoramic survey of modern Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. A single author lends a unified approach and consistent style throughout, with an emphasis on the connections of events and people over time.
The Third Edition, like the two before it, is authoritative and up-to-date. New to the Third Edition is the theme of empire. From the imperial rivalries between France and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, through the rise and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial history of the twentieth century—decolonization, the spread of the Soviet empire, and the imperial power of the United States—the theme of empire helps students find commonalities among the events of European history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393933840
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 587
  • Sales rank: 149,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Merriman is the Charles Seymour Professor of History at Yale University. A specialist in nineteenth century French history, Merriman earned his Ph. D at the University of Michigan. He is the author of many books, including The Margins of City Life: Explorations on the French Urban Frontier, 1815–1851; Red City: Limoges and the French Nineteenth Century; The Agony of the Republic: The Repression of the Left in Revolutionary France, 1848–1851; and, most recently, The Stones of Balazuc: A French Village in Time (Norton, 2002). He regularly teaches the survey of modern European history at Yale.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Ch. 1 Medieval Legacies and Transforming Discoveries 3
Ch. 2 The Renaissance 47
Ch. 3 The Two Reformations 87
Ch. 4 The Wars of Religion 138
Ch. 5 The Rise of the Atlantic Economy: Spain and England 181
Ch. 6 England and the Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century 232
Ch. 7 The Age of Absolutism, 1650-1720 274
Ch. 8 The New Philosophy of Science 327
Ch. 9 Eighteenth-Century Economic and Social Change 354
Ch. 10 Enlightened Thought and the Republic of Letters 399
Ch. 11 Eighteenth-Century Dynastic Rivalries and Politics 442
Ch. 12 The French Revolution 495
Ch. 13 Napoleon and Europe 548
Ch. 14 Challenges to Restoration Europe 587
Ch. 15 The Middle Classes in the Age of Liberalism 638
Ch. 16 The Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850 669
Ch. 17 The Revolutions of 1848 715
Ch. 18 The Era of National Unification 753
Ch. 19 The Dominant Powers in the Age of Liberalism: Britain, France, and Russia 787
Ch. 20 Rapid Industrialization and Its Challenges, 1870-1914 844
Ch. 21 Mass Politics and Nationalism 902
Ch. 22 The Age of European Imperialism 959
Ch. 23 The Origins of the Great War 1003
Ch. 24 The Great War 1039
Ch. 25 Revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union 1085
Ch. 26 The Elusive Search for Stability in the 1920s 1139
Ch. 27 The Europe of Depression and Dictatorship 1186
Ch. 28 World War II 1239
Ch. 29 Rebuilding Divide Europe 1291
Ch. 30 The Emergence of Contemporary Europe and the Collapse of Communism 1351
Further Readings 1411
Credits 1433
Index 1447
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