Europe 1600-1789 / Edition 1

Europe 1600-1789 / Edition 1

by Anthony Upton
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Bloomsbury Academic

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Europe 1600-1789 / Edition 1

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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ISBN-13: 9780340663387
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/02/2001
Series: Arnold History of Europe Series
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsvii
Part I.The End of an Era
1.The European World of the Seventeenth Century3
2.The First European War39
3.The Origins of the Modern State: The Absolutist Route71
4.The Origins of the Modern State: Alternative Routes91
Part II.The Emergence of the Great Powers
5.Towards 'Absolutism': Variations round a Theme119
6.The Evolution of the British State: A Different Model142
7.Developments on the North-Eastern Periphery156
8.The Second European War, 1660-1721192
Part III.The End of the Old Regime
9.Changing Mentalities207
10.Change in the Economy and Society219
11.Social Change228
12.A New Search for Political Stability243
13.The Stabilization of the North-Eastern Borderlands258
14.The European Power Game, 1715-1740264
15.The Last European War of the Ancien Regime, 1740-1763270
16.The Enlightenment287
17.Enlightened Despotism: The Enlightenment in Action294
18.The Big Three and Scandinavia307
19.Alternative Models339
20.The French Time Bomb358
Conclusion: Europe in 1789373

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