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A companion to eighteenth-century Europe [electronic resource] /
edited by Peter H. Wilson.
imprint
Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2008.
description
xiv, 592 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
9781405139472 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2008.
isbn
9781405139472 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12011937
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-10-01:
In 31 engaging essays, Wilson (From Reich to Revolution) and 29 international scholars offer a vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe, including many previously under-recognized northern and eastern states. Also significant is the book's inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies--which brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. The essays are thematically divided into five segments: communities and their economic realities, the development of culture, geographically disparate sociopolitical concerns, Europe's connection to the outside world, and variations in government. Intended for field specialists, the essays sometimes make references that may seem obscure to general readers. Recommended for European history collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-07-01:
If there is a central theme in this ambitious collection, it is that 18th-century Europe was simply too diverse a space to accommodate sweeping generalizations. An international cast of 30, principally British, scholars delivers this judgment on a wide variety of subjects. The book is divided into five sections. The first two deal with social, economic, and cultural history, while the next three are devoted to domestic and international politics. The wide range of specialized subjects gives the volume the feel of the classic, multivolume New Cambridge Modern History, particularly the latter sections, which adopt a conventional descriptive narrative. Nonetheless, the contributors to this single "companion" volume are limited to roughly 9,000 words each, which is especially difficult in the opening chapters dealing with Europe as a whole. As a result, the coverage is decidedly less comprehensive or encyclopedic, although all of the contributors do a good job of treating the latest scholarship and controversies. Whereas the collection is ill suited as a text, its uniformly well-written chapters are best read singly to supplement more conventional surveys. The book is attended by a series of excellent maps, as one would expect from any book by Peter Wilson. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. Ingrao Purdue University
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"A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe ... .Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies ... brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections." Library Journal
"This is an impressive volume, with leading experts providing a wide-ranging coverage that should satisfy most requirements for effective and thoughtful introductory surveys.... All specialists on this period will find much of value in this excellent volume." (History, January 2009)"A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe ... .Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies ... brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections." ( Library Journal)
"This is a useful book. It starts the student off with the idea if interrelationships between social, economic, cultural and political change.... University libraries catering for a wide range of courses in historical subjects will want to consider this for acquisition." ( Reference Reviews , 2009) "This is an impressive volume, with leading experts providing a wide-ranging coverage that should satisfy most requirements for effective and thoughtful introductory surveys.... All specialists on this period will find much of value in this excellent volume." ( History , January 2009) "A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe ... .Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies ... brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections." ( Library Journal)
"This is a useful book. It starts the student off with the idea if interrelationships between social, economic, cultural and political change.... University libraries catering for a wide range of courses in historical subjects will want to consider this for acquisition." (Reference Reviews, 2009)"This is an impressive volume, with leading experts providing a wide-ranging coverage that should satisfy most requirements for effective and thoughtful introductory surveys.... All specialists on this period will find much of value in this excellent volume." (History, January 2009)"A vivid portrait of 18th-century Europe ... .Inclusion of diverse interpretative methodologies, including gender studies ... brings fascinating illumination to period sociology. Recommended for European history collections." ( Library Journal)
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This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe. Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien R_gime. This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.
Back Cover Copy
This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe. Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien R gime. This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.
Back Cover Copy
This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe. Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien RĂ©gime. This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.
Back Cover Copy
This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe. Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien Rgime. This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.
Back Cover Copy
This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe.Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien R_gime.This innovative text looks at both established and emerging areas of interest in the field, making A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe an essential guide for students and scholars.
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Including 31 original essays by an international team of expert scholars, this book examines the social, intellectual, economic, cultural, and political changes that took place throughout 18th century Europe.
Main Description
This Companion contains 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. Examines the social, intellectual, economic, cultural, and political changes that took place throughout eighteenth-century Europe Focuses on Europe while placing it within its international context Considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Mapsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Part I People, Production, and Consumptionp. 9
Eighteenth-Century History and the European Environmentp. 11
Genderp. 27
Rural Economy and Societyp. 47
Manufacturing, Markets, and Consumptionp. 66
Towns and their Inhabitantsp. 82
The Eighteenth-Century Nobility: Challenge and Renewalp. 94
Povertyp. 109
Culturesp. 123
The Public Spherep. 125
Enlightened Thought, its Critics and Competitorsp. 141
Medicine, Medical Practice, and Public Healthp. 158
Religionp. 176
Popular Culture and Sociabilityp. 192
The Artsp. 208
State and Societyp. 225
Russiap. 227
Poland-Lithuaniap. 244
The Empire, Austria, and Prussiap. 260
The Scandinavian Kingdomsp. 276
The Dutch Republicp. 289
The Italian Statesp. 304
Iberia: Spain and Portugal in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 322
Francep. 338
Britain and Hanoverp. 354
International Connectionsp. 369
Diplomacy and the Great Powersp. 371
Islam and Europep. 387
Europe and the Worldp. 402
Europe and the Seap. 418
Politics and the Statep. 433
Dynasticism and the World of the Courtp. 435
Absolutism and Royal Governmentp. 451
War, 1688-1812p. 464
Participatory Politicsp. 479
The French and European Revolutionsp. 495
Bibliographyp. 512
Indexp. 556
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