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The Seventeenth Century

Europe 1598-1715

Edited by Joseph Bergin

Publication Date - January 2001

ISBN: 9780198731672

280 pages

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The complete Short Oxford History of Europe provides a concise, readable, and authoritative point of entry for the history of Europe from the Ancient Greeks to the present day in eleven volumes. In each chapter a leading expert offers focused and penetrating insights into the major themes and influences of the period.
Lying between the two great "peaks" of European history, the Reformation and the Enlightenment in the centuries before and after, the seventeenth century seems not to have a popular identity itself. And yet, as Professor Bergin points on in the Introduction, it is the very proliferation of major events, crises and processes throughout Eruope that has made this transitional age so difficult to label.
In this book, the seventeenth century is fully explored by Professor Bergin and six major authors as they address, in turn, economy, society, politics, war, international relations, science, thought and culture ('The Age of Curiosity'), and Europe in the wider world. In a set of chapters covering and contrasting the European experience across the century, both the reader and the student are offered a rich, lively, and provocative introduction to the period, and a superbly authoritative context for more detailed work.

Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction: the uncertain prospect, Joseph Bergin, University of Manchester
    1. The Economy, RC Nash, University of Manchester
    2. Society, Thomas Munck, University of Glasgow
    3. Politics, Anthony F. Upton, University of St. Andrews
    4. War and International Relations, David Parrott, New College
    5. The Age of Curiosity, Laurence Brockliss, Magdalen College
    6. Europe and the Wider World, Anthony Pagden, Johns Hopkins University
    Conclusion, Joseph Bergin, University of Manchester