Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2013 - History - 546 pages
"The title of this book, and perhaps also of the course for which you are reading it, is Early Modern Europe. The dates in the title inform you about the chronological span covered (1450-1789), but they do not explain the designation "early modern." Thatterm was developed by historians seeking to refine an intellectual model first devised during this very period, when scholars divided European history into three parts: ancient (to the end of the Roman Empire in the west in the fifth century), medieval (from the fifth century to the fifteenth), and modern (from the fifteenth century to their own time). In this model, the break between the Middle Ages and the modern era was marked by the first voyage of Columbus (1492) and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation (1517), though some scholars, especially those who focused on Italy, set the break somewhat earlier with the Italian Renaissance. This three-part periodization became extremely influential, and as the modern era grew longer and longer, historians began to divide it into "early modern" - from the Renaissance or Columbus to the French Revolution in 1789 - and what we might call "truly modern" - from the French Revolution to whenever they happened to be writing"--
 

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Contents

Structure of the book
6
Travel beyond Europe
21
Cultural and intellectual life
35
Questions
48
Politics and power 14501600
86
Cultural and intellectual life 14501600
126
Religious reform and consolidation 14501600
162
The radical Reformation
174
Late medieval agriculture
206
Neoserfdom and slavery in eastern Europe
213
Banking and moneylending
220
Poverty and crime
228
Questions
234
Indian Ocean connections
241
Early voyagers after Columbus
249
slavers and sugar growers
258

Religious wars
180
The Catholic Reformation
186
Later religious wars
192
Further reading
198
Global connections and the Columbian exchange
267
Part summary 14501600
273
Politics and power 16001789
314
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Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an experienced textbook author. Her recent books include Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (third edition, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice (second edition, 2010) and Gender in History: Global Perspectives (second edition, 2010).

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