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Published: 31 July 2020

864 Pages | 335

7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190078850

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Europe in the Modern World

A New Narrative History

Second Edition

Author Edward Berenson

  • Each chapter opens with a compelling biographical sketch--from the Ottoman queen, Roxelana, to Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, to Nazi documentary film director Leni Riefenstahl--that gives the book's ideas a vibrant, human face
  • Connects the European past to larger trends in world history, situating historical events in Europe with larger developments including the growth of empires in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Little Ice Age of the seventeenth century, and the development of industrialized societies in the nineteenth century
  • Refocuses Western history so that major economic developments are given the attention they deserve
  • Offers analysis in line with New Political History, bringing major developments of political ideas, warfare, and religion to the forefront
  • Treats Eastern Europe and Scandinavia as integral and constitutive elements of European history--states and empires including Sweden, Poland-Lithuania, Prussia, and Russia receive treatment that is comparable to the coverage given to their counterparts in Western Europe
  • The text is supplemented by the new edition of its accompanying sourcebook, now retitled Sources and Writing Exercises for Europe in the Modern World, which has been extensively revised by new coeditor Allison Belzer and comes packaged for free with this text. The sourcebook includes approximately eighty-five primary sources tied to the text, along with writing exercises that guide students, step by step, toward effective, polished prose. To receive the free sourcebook place your order with the package ISBN: 9780197550960.

New to this Edition:

  • A completely rewritten Chapter 2 opens with a new biography --of Roxelana, the wife of the Ottoman emperor Süleyman the Magnificent--and features a more extensive discussion on the Ottoman Empire. It also examines each of the states it covers as an empire, in one form or another; fully integrates material on Spain's American empire into the main discussion of Spain; and does the same for England, France, the Habsburgs, and Russia.
  • A completely new Chapter 3, "The Crises of the Seventeenth Century," is framed by the extraordinary global cooling of the time and shows the connections linking the major events of the century: the Thirty Years' War, the two regicides and four deposed sultans in the Ottoman Empire, the "great shaking" in Russia, the Fronde in France, the civil war and two revolutions in England/Scotland/Ireland, and the Cossack massacres of Jews in the Ukrainian part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • Chapter 4 includes a more in-depth discussion of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and "Enlightened Despotism"
  • Chapter 5 offers more coverage of the reverberations of the French Revolution in Germany and the Habsburg empire
  • Chapter 7 incorporates important revisionist work on the Austrian empire
  • Chapter 9 has more, and substantially revised, material on Austria-Hungary, the Dual Monarchy, and nationalism
  • Chapter 10 includes a new section on the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919
  • Chapter 13 includes a brief section on World War II in the Pacific, and Chapter 14 opens with a new biography of Ho Chi Minh
  • An updated and expanded Epilogue covers recent developments including the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, the Yellow Vest Movement, and recent issues in Ukraine

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