Part I: Traditional Structures and the Forces of Change.
1. Social and Economic Development.
2. The World of Privilege.
3. The World of Ideas.
4. Armies, Interests and Conflicts.
Part II: Central and Eastern Europe.
5. The Holy Roman Empire.
6. The Habsburg Lands.
Part III: The Western World.
9. Vanished Supremacies: The Iberian Peninsula.
10. The United Provinces.
11. France of the Old Regime.
12. The Old Order Changeth.
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