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Early Modern Europe

An Oxford History

Edited by Euan Cameron

Publication Date - 19 April 2001

ISBN: 9780198207603

440 pages

Considers social, political, economic, and cultural perspectives to provide a full and vivid picture of early modern Europe


This extensively illustrated book offers a new kind of introduction to Europe between 1500 and 1800. It 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 also examines politics to consider the emergence of modern attitudes and techniques in governing.

About the Author(s)

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

Table of Contents

    List of Contributors, List of Illustrations
    Editor's Introduction
    Editor's Acknowledgements
    Prologue: Europe and the World Around, Anthony R. D. Pagden
    I: THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY c.1500-c.1618
    1. The Conditions of Life for the Masses, Alison Rowlands
    2. The Power of the Word: Renaissance and Reformation, Euan Cameron
    3. War, Religion, and the State, Steven J. Gunn
    4. Colonies, Enterprises, and Wealth: The Economies of Europe and the Wider World, R. A. Houston
    5. Embattled Faiths: Religion and Natural Philosophy, Robin Briggs
    6. Warfare, Crisis, and Absolutism, Jeremy Black
    7. A Widening Market in Consumer Goods, James C. Riley
    8. The Enlightenment, Norman Hampson
    9. Europe Turns East: Political Developments, H. M. Scott
    Epilogue: The Old Order Transformed 1789-1815, T. C. W. Blanning
    Further Reading
    Illustration Sources