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Early modern Europe : an Oxford history
Cameron, Euan.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxxi, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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1410 Lexile.
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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.

Author Notes

Euan Cameron is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Booklist Review

The three centuries from 1500 to 1800 encompassed the transformation from the late medieval to the modern world, spurred on by the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment. This series of essays by prominent British and American historians captures the upheaval and fracturing of religious, intellectual, and political certainties that led to "progress," mass violence, and revolution. The essays are arranged chronologically, and many emphasize the changes in the mindset and daily lives of ordinary people. The text is superbly complemented by extensive illustrations that help to convey the images of a world straining from the stress of rapidly accelerating changes. Taken together, this anthology provides an instructive, comprehensive portrait of one of the most critical periods in the history of our civilization. --Jay Freeman

Library Journal Review

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.Ă„Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Europe and the World AroundAnthony Pagden
The Sixteenth Century, c.1500-c.1618
1 The Conditions of Life for the MassesAlison Rowlands
2 The Power of the World: Renaissance and ReformationEuan Cameron
3 War, Religion, and the StateSteven Gunn
The Seventeenth Century, c.1618-c.1715
4 Colonies, Enterprises, and Wealth: the Economies of Europe and the Wider WorldR. A. Houston
5 Embattled Faiths: Religion and Natural PhilosophyRobin Briggs
6 Warfare, Crisis, and AbsolutismJeremy Black
The Eighteenth Century, c.1715-c.1789
7 A Widening Market in Consumer GoodsJames C. Riley
8 The EnlightenmentNorman Hampson
9 Europe Turns East: Political DevelopmentsH. M. Scott
Epilogue: The Old Order transformed 1789-1815T. C. W. Blanning