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History of Modern Europe, Volume 1: From the Renaissance to the Age of Napoleon/2nd Edition

History of Modern Europe, Volume 1: From the Renaissance to the Age of Napoleon/2nd Edition

John Merriman

ISBN: 978-0-393-93384-0

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587 pages

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Available in both one-volume and two-volume paperback editions, A History of Modern Europe presents a panoramic survey of modern Europe from the Renaissance to the present day. A single author lends a unified approach and consistent style throughout, with an emphasis on the connections of events and people over time.

The Third Edition, like the two before it, is authoritative and up-to-date. New to the Third Edition is the theme of empire. From the imperial rivalries between France and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, through the rise and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial history of the twentieth century—decolonization, the spread of the Soviet empire, and the imperial power of the United States—the theme of empire helps students find commonalities among the events of European history.

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Chapter 1 Medieval Legacies and Transforming Discoveries

Medieval Continuities

The Emergence of Early Modern Europe

Transforming Discoveries


Chapter 2 The Renaissance

The City-States of the Italian Peninsula

A Dynamic Culture

Renaissance Art

The End of the Renaissance

Chapter 3 The Two Reformations

The Northern Renaissance

The Roots of the Reformation

Social Background of the Reformation in the German States

The Spread of the Reformation

The Reformation in Switzerland and France

The English Reformation

The Catholic Reformation

Culture during the Two Reformations

The Legacy of the Two Reformations

Chapter 4 The Wars of Religion

The Wars of Religion in Sixteenth-Century France

The Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648)


Chapter 5 The Rise of the Atlantic Economy: Spain and England

Economic Expansion

The Rise of Spain

The Rise of England

The Decline of Spain


Chapter 6 England and the Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century

Conflicts in Stuart England

Religious Divisions

The English Civil War

The Glorious Revolution

The Golden Age of the Dutch Republic

The Decline of the Dutch Republic


Chapter 7 The Age of Absolutism, 1650–1720

Theories of Absolutism

Characterizing Absolute Rule

The Balance of Power

The Habsburg Monarchy

The Rise of Prussia

The Russian and Swedish Empires

The Modern State


Chapter 8 The New Philosophy of Science

Changing Views of the Universe

Descartes and Newton: Competing Theories of Scientific Knowledge

The Culture of Science

Consequences of the Scientific Revolution

Chapter 9 Enlightened Thought and the Republic of Letters

Enlightened Ideas

The Diffusion and Expansion of the Enlightenment

Enlightened Absolutism

Currents of the Late Enlightenment

Legacy of the Enlightenment

Chapter 10 Eighteenth-Century Economic and Social Change

The Social Order

The Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution

Social Changes

Social Control

A Century of Contrasts

Chapter 11 Eighteenth-Century Dynastic Rivalries and Politics 386

The Eighteenth-Century State System

Conflicts between the Great Powers

Political Change in Great Britain

Challenges to Established Authority

Declining Power, Disappearing State: The Ottoman Empire and Poland


Chapter 12 The French Revolution

The Old Regime in Crisis

The First Stages of the Revolution

Consolidating the Revolution

War and the Second Revolution

The Final Stages of the Revolution

Perspectives on the French Revolution

Chapter 13 Napoleon and Europe

Napoleon’s Rise to Power

Consolidation of Power

The Foundations of the French Empire

The Tide Turns against Napoleon

Monarchical Restoration and Napoleon’s Return

Napoleon’s Legacy

Further Readings