The European World 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History

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The European World 1500-1800 provides a concise and authoritative textbook for the centuries between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. It presents early modern Europe not as a mere transition phase, but as a dynamic period worth studying in its own right. Written by an experienced team of specialists, associated with a university module of the same name, it offers a student-friendly introduction to all major themes and processes of early modern history.
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Overview

The European World 1500-1800 provides a concise and authoritative textbook for the centuries between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. It presents early modern Europe not as a mere transition phase, but as a dynamic period worth studying in its own right. Written by an experienced team of specialists, associated with a university module of the same name, it offers a student-friendly introduction to all major themes and processes of early modern history.
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‘An informative, synthetic account of the major themes in early modern European history. The authors introduce readers to an array of "histories" (social, economic, religious, etc.) which they may not have encountered before and encourage further specialised reading . . . the illustrative examples are useful and pertinent.’
Stephen Bowd, University of Edinburgh

‘This impressive textbook provides a firm basis for any further student research. Easy to read, it delivers in-depth considerations of the most important developments of the European early modern period.’
Renate Dürr, University of Tübingen

‘Didactically, it is all brilliantly executed, especially compared to some German textbooks and it is easy to read, without being simplistic.’
Wolfgang Reinhard, Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung

‘One of the best introductions to this period I have seen.'
Retha Warnicke, Arizona State University

'A student-friendly text, well written by excellent scholars who make the reader want to turn the page. The European World, 1500-1800, contains analytical chapters on a variety of both traditional and recent historical topics while excelling in comparative descriptions of life throughout Europe, between different centuries, and between Europe and the wider world.'
Richard M. Golden, University of North Texas

This is a well-organized, thoughtful and thought-provoking survey of a seminal period in the history of Europe. It draws upon current scholarship to provide a useful overview the major themes of early modern European history. Its thematic approach is especially helpful in getting students to think about the past in new and fruitful ways.
Christine Kooi, Louisiana State University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415432528
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/16/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beat Kumin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of the AHRC Peer Review College, his previous works include Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe and (as editor) Political Space in Pre-Industrial Europe.
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Table of Contents

List of figures and acknowledgements vii

Notes on contributors xii

Preface xvi

List of abbreviations and symbols xvii

Introduction Beat Kumin 1

Part I Starting Points 9

Europe in 1500 Humfrey Butters 11

Beyond Europe c. 1500 Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane 20

Part II Society and Economy 31

Gender and Family Bernard Capp 33

Rural Society Steve Hindle 44

Urban Society Penny Roberts 54

Marginals and Deviants Penny Roberts 64

The Early Modern Economy Steve Hindle 74

Part III Religion 85

Church and People at the Close of the Middle Ages Beat K&uumlet;min and Peter Marshall 87

The Long Reformation 96

Lutheran Henry J. Cohn 97

Reformed Penny Roberts 107

Catholic Anne Gerritsen, Kevin Gould and Peter Marshall 117

Religious Culture in Early Modern Europe Peter Marshall 128

Jews and Muslims Henry J. Cohn 139

Part IV Culture 149

The Renaissance Humfrey Butters 151

Expanding Horizons Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane 161

Arts and Society Luca Molà 173

From Pen to Print - a revolution in Communications? Mark Knights and Angela McShane 183

The Scientific Revolution Claudia Stein 194

Witchcraft and Magic Penny Roberts 203

Popular Culture(s) Bernard Capp 215

Enlightenment Colin Jones 225

Part V Politics 237

(a) Themes 239

The Political Landscape Humfrey Butters 240

State Building: Finance, Justice and 'Good Police' Humfrey Butters 250

Locales 260

Courts and Centres Stéphane van Damme and Janet Dickinson 261

Centre and Periphery Steve Hindle and Beat K&uumlet;min 271

Rebels and Revolutionaries Bernard Capp 281

(b) Periods 291

Dynastic Politics, Religious Conflict and Reason of State c. 1500-1650Humfrey Butters and Henry J. Cohn 292

European Politics from the Peace of Westphalia to the French Revoluation c. 1650-1800 Colin Jones and Mark Knights 302

Part VI Transition Points 313

Europe in 1800 Humfrey Butters 315

Beyond Europe c. 1800 Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane 324

Epilogue 337

Early Modern Europe Beat K&uumlet;min 339

Appendices 341

Maps

1 Europe c. 1500 343

2 Europe c. 1800 344

3 A European perception of the world c. 1500 345

4 European explorations and empires 1400-1700 346

5 The world c. 1800 347

Glossary 348

Chronology 358

Index 366

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