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Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations

James B. Collins (Editor), Karen L. Taylor (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22892-9
480 pages
September 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This reader brings together original and influential recent work in the field of early modern European history.

  • Provides a thought-provoking overview of current thinking on this period.
  • Key themes include evolving early-modern identities; changes in religion and cultural life; the revolution of the mind; roles of women in early-modern societies; the rise of the modern state; and Europe and the new world system
  • Incorporates new scholarship on Eastern and Central Europe.
  • Includes an article translated into English for the first time.
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Acknowledments.

Introduction: Interpreting Early Modern Europe: Karen L. Taylor and James B. Collins.

Part I Evolving Early Modern Identities.

Introduction.

1 The Legacy of Rome: Anthony Pagden.

2 Europe and the Atlantic Slave Systems: David Eltis.

3 History, Myth and, Historical Identity: Karin Friedrich.

4 The Theresian School Reform of 1774: James Van Horn Melton.

5 The Evil Empire? The Debate on Turkish Despotism in Eighteenth-Century French Political Culture: Thomas Kaiser.

Part II Changes in Religion and Cultural Life.

Introduction.

6 Ira Dei super nos: Denis Crouzet.

7 Charitable Activities of Confraternities: Maureen Flynn.

8 The Sins of Belief: A Village Remedy for Hoof and Mouth Disease (1796) David Warren Sabean.

9 "Dutiful Love and Natural Affection": Parent-Child Relationships in the Early Modern Netherlands: Sherrin Marshall.

Part III The Revolution of the Mind.

Introduction.

10 A Possible Support for Irreligion: The Sciences: Lucien Febvre.

11 The Material Culture of the Church and Incipient Consumerism: Richard A. Goldthwaite.

12 From a Culture of Science toward the Enlightenment: Kathleen Wellman.

13 Contesting Possession: Patricia Seed.

14 Ritual and Print Discipline and Invention: The Fete in France from the Middle Ages to the Revolution: Roger Chartier.

Part IV The Roles of Women in Early Modern Society Introduction.

15 Political, Economic, and Legal Structures: Merry E. Wiesner.

16 Women before the Bench: Female Litigants in Early Modern Normandy: Zoe A Schneider.

17 Review of The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800, by Lawrence Stone: Alan Macfarlane.

18 Illegitimacy and Infanticide in Early Modern Russia: David L Ransel.

19 Public Leisure and the Rise of Salons: Deborah Hertz.

Part V The Rise of the Modern State System.

Introduction.

20 The Crisis in Assumptions about Political Thinking: Felix Gilbert.

21 From Contractual Monarchy to Constitutionalism: Gerhard Oestrich.

22 Paradoxes of State Power: John Brewer.

23 The Power of the King: Antonio Feros Feros.

24 The Royal Government, Guilds, and the Seamstresses of Paris, Normany, and Provence: Clare Haru Crowston.

Part VI Research Paradigms, Old and New.

Introduction.

25 The Courtization of the Warriors: Norbert Elias.

26 Women on Top: Natalie Zemon Davis.

27 The Contrasts: Alfred W. Crosby.

28 Transcending East-West Dichotomies: State and Culture Formation in Six Ostensibly Disparate Areas: Victor Lieberman.

29 Introduction to The Great Divergence. China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy: Kenneth Pomeranz.

30 Between Carnival and Lent: Paula Findlen.

Index
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James B. Collins is Professor of History at Georgetown University, and Chair of the History Department.


Karen L. Taylor is Lecturer in History at Georgetown University.

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  • A collection of original and influential recent work in the field of early modern European history

  • Provides a thought-provoking overview of current thinking on this period

  • Key themes include evolving early modern identities; changes in religion and cultural life; the revolution of the mind; roles of women in early modern societies; the rise of the modern state; and Europe and the new world system

  • Incorporates new scholarship on Eastern and Central Europe

  • Includes an article translated into English for the first time.
See More
"Collin and Taylor's anthology... will be a valuable resource in teaching the historiography of the early modern era." History<!--end-->“Touches on a wide range of methodologies … .Offers … a broadening of horizons beyond any specialty. Much undiscovered territory … much inspiration.” Sixteenth Century Journal
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