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Early modern Europe : an Oxford dictionary /
edited by Euan Cameron.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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xxxi, 402 p. : ill.
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0198205287 (hardbound) :
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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0198205287 (hardbound) :
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2645418
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-380) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Euan Cameron is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-05-01:
British historian Cameron, author of The European Reformation (Oxford Univ., 1991), joins ten prominent British and American historians in surveying the three centuries of European history from 1500 to 1800. Perhaps the most momentous period of European development, these years saw the fragmentation of the Christian Church, the European exploration and settlement of North and South America, the emergence of new forms of governance, and the rise of the nation state. While considering the broad cultural, religious, and political trends over the course of these three centuries, the authors also attempt to illustrate what daily life was like for the people of this period and how they felt and responded as their world changed around them. The authors succeed in illuminating one of the most eventful periods in European history. This work should be of interest to the general reader as well as to students. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄRobert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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this lucidly written, erudite and important book/ Patrick Richards, Day by Day, 30/04/99.
this lucidly written, erudite and important book/ Patrick Richards, Day byDay, 30/04/99.
List of Contributors, List of Illustrations Editor's Introduction Editor's Acknowledgements Anthony R. D. Pagden: Prologue: Europe and the World Around I: THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY c.1500-c.1618 1. Alison Rowlands: The Conditions of Life for the Masses 2. Euan Cameron: The Power of the Word: Renaissance and Reformation 3. Steven J. Gunn: War, Religion, and the State II: THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY c.1618-c.1715 4. R. A. Houston: Colonies, Enterprises, and Wealth: The Economies of Europe and the Wider World 5. Robin Briggs: Embattled Faiths: Religion and Natural Philosophy 6. Jeremy Black: Warfare, Crisis, and Absolutism III: THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY c.1715-1789 7. James C. Riley: A Widening Market in Consumer Goods 8. Norman Hampson: The Enlightenment 9. H. M. Scott: Europe Turns East: Political Developments T. C. W. Blanning: Epilogue: The Old Order Transformed 1789-1815 Further Reading Illustration Sources Index
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Summaries
Long Description
In the three centuries from 1500 to 1800, Europe reached out of the dark ages, across the vast geographical expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and across the even greater ideological expanse that divided the church-dominated middle ages from the Reformation and the Renaissance. The Europeans were slowly groping towards something we recognize today as "modernism"--they hadn't reached it, but the journey had begun. Stretching from the Renaissance and the Reformation to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, Early Modern Europe illuminates a period of truly remarkable political and intellectual upheaval. In this vividly written yet authoritative volume, eleven leading historians examine different aspects of politics, religion, culture, and daily life, putting together a convincing and fascinating picture of Europe as it moved from the darkness to the light. The contributors set out to convey the feel of the changes in life, beyond the raw historical data. Their chapters are extensively illustrated with carefully chosen images which complement the text. The book considers the evolving economy and society--the basic facts of life for the majority of Europe's people. It shows how the religious and intellectual unity of western culture fragmented and dissolved under the impact of new ideas. It examines politics, not just as the rise and fall of empires, but for the emergence of modern attitudes and techniques in governing. Here is one of the most exciting periods in Western history, the time of Martin Luther and Voltaire and Shakespeare, captured by leading historians from the United States and England.
Long Description
This book offers a new kind of introduction to Europe between 1500 and 1800. 'Early modern' is the term used by historians for the period between the end of the Middle Ages and the start of the nineteenth century. It is a description born of hindsight. Europe was travelling towards something we recognize, called 'modernity': the journey was begun, but not finished. The contributors to Early Modern Europe set out to convey the feel of the changes in life, beyond the raw historical data. Their chapters are extensively illustrated with carefully chosen images which complement the text. The book considers the evolving economy and society -- the basic facts of life for the majority of Europe's people. It shows how the religious and intellectual unity of western culture fragmented and dissolved under the impact of new ideas. It examines politics, not just as the rise and fall of empires, but for the emergence of modern attitudes and techniques in governing.
Main Description
This book offers a new kind of introduction to Europe between 1500 and 1800. 'Early modern' is the term used by historians for the period between the end of the Middle Ages and the start of the nineteenth century. It is a description born of hindsight. Europe was travelling towards somethingwe recognize, called 'modernity': the journey was begun, but not finished. The contributors to Early Modern Europe set out to convey the feel of the changes in life, beyond the raw historical data. Their chapters are extensively illustrated with carefully chosen images which complement the text. The book considers the evolving economy and society -- the basic facts oflife for the majority of Europe's people. It shows how the religious and intellectual unity of western culture fragmented and dissolved under the impact of new ideas. It examines politics, not just as the rise and fall of empires, but for the emergence of modern attitudes and techniques ingoverning.
Unpaid Annotation
The time from 1500 to 1800 was a period of truly remarkable political and intellectual upheaval. In this authoritative book, 11 leading historians examine different aspects of politics, religion, culture, and daily life, putting together a convincing picture of Europe as it moved from the darkness to the light. 70 illustrations.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Editor's Acknowledgementsp. xv
Editor's Introductionp. xvii
Prologue: Europe and the World Aroundp. 1
Europe: The Myths of Europe
A Continent and its Peoples
The Cultural Inheritance
Frontiers and Boundaries
Technologies and their Impact
The Sense of being European
The Quest for Peace and Union
The Sixteenth Century, c.1500-c.1618p. 29
The Conditions of Life for the Massesp. 31
Who were the Masses?
The Peasant Household
The Peasant Life-Cycle
Ways of Coping
Wider Links: Village, Lordship, Market
The Processes of Change
The Effects of Change
The Urban Experience of the Lower Orders
Conclusion
The Power of the Word: Renaissance and Reformationp. 63
The Renaissance and the Word
The Word Written and Printed
The Ancient Word and the Ancient Tongue
The Word of Exhortation
Describing the World and the Universe
The Word of Faith: The Old Faith
The Reformation Challenge
Reformed Churches and Reformed People
The Old Church Responds
Conclusion
War, Religion, and the Statep. 102
States and Borders
The Habsburgs and their Rivals
War and the State
Courts and Government
Society, Justice, and Sovereignty
The Impact of Religious Change
The Impact of Religious Division
The Weak Monarchies of the East and the Coming of the Thirty Years War
The Seventeenth Century, c.1618-c.1715p. 135
Colonies, Enterprises, and Wealth: the Economies of Europe and the Wider Worldp. 137
Introduction: Europe and the Wider World in 1600
People
Land
Cities
Manufactures
States, Colonies, and Commerce
Europe and the Wider World
Conclusion: A New World Economy?
Embattled Faiths: Religion and Natural Philosophyp. 171
The Legacy of Renaissance and Reformation
Religion: Rigour and Reform
Religious Motives in Politics and War
Dogma, Faith, and Society
The Decline of the Devil
Reason and the 'Crisis of Conscience
The Reception and Resumption of the New Science
Matter and Void: Descartes's System and its Opponents
New Instruments and New Sciences
The Quest for Practical Applications
Conclusion
Warfare, Crisis, and Absolutismp. 206
The Expansion of Europe
Warfare as an Agent of Change
The 'Thirty Years War' in Europe, 1618-48
Conflict between France and Spain
The British Civil Wars
'Absolutism'
Louis XIV
Louis XIV's Foreign Policy
Vienna Saved
The Rise of Russia
Conclusions
The Eighteenth Century, c.1715-c.1789p. 231
A Widening Market in Consumer Goodsp. 233
Population
Work and Income
One Conundrum
Agriculture
Manufacturing and Industry
Trade and Transport
The State Sector
Consumption
Wages and Prices: Another Conundrum
Conclusion
The Enlightenmentp. 265
The Scale of Change
Man in his Universe
Economy and Society
Politics
Diversity across Countries and Regions
The French Revolution and the Enlightenment
Conclusion
Europe Turns East: Political Developmentsp. 298
The Wars of c.1680
1721 and Europe's Balance of Power
The Burdens of War and their Impact upon Government
Frederick the Great and the Rise of Prussia
Modern States or Composite Monarchies
Enlightened Government
Russian Expansion and French Crisis
Epilogue: The Old Order Transformed 1789-1815p. 345
The Outbreak of the French Revolution
The Creation of a New France and a New World
The Failure of the Constitutional Monarchy
The Coming of War and the End of the Monarchy
Counter-revolution and the Terror
Towards Military Dictatorship
Reconstruction at Home
The Conquest of Europe
Decline and Fall
The Legacy
Further Readingp. 375
Indexp. 381
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