17th Century Crisis

Topics: Max Weber, Capitalism, 17th century Pages: 509 (195128 words) Published: March 10, 2012
The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century

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The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Trevor-Roper, H. R. (Hugh Redwald), 1914– The crisis of the seventeenth century / H.R. Trevor-Roper. p. cm. Originally published: New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-86597-274-5 (alk. paper)—ISBN 0-86597-278-8 (pbk.: alk. paper) 1. Europe—History—17th century. I. Title: Crisis of the 17th century. II. Title. D246.T75 2001 940.2'52—dc21 00-025945

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Louis de Geer at the age of sixty-two. From the portrait by David Beck in the collection of the de Geer family, Stockholm, Sweden Page 31 (Svenska Porträttarkivet, Stockholm) The Apocalypse of the seventeenth century. Frontispiece from Theopolis, or the City of God (1672), by Henry Danvers Page 32 (Regent’s Park College, Oxford) ‘‘A Witches’ Sabbat.’’ Engraving by Jan Ziarnko, taken from Pierre de l’Ancre’s Tableau de l’inconstance des mauvais anges et démons (Paris, 1613) Page 106 (Trustees of the British Museum) Jean Bodin. Contemporary wood engraving, artist unknown, reproduced in the 1568 edition of La Response de Maistre Jean Bodin . . . au paradoxe de Monsieur de Malestroit. In the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale Page 136 (Photographie Giraudon) Philippe Duplessis-Mornay, founder of the Protestant Academy at Saumur. Drawing attributed to Dubreuil. In the collection of the Société de l’Histoire du Protestantisme français Page 195 (Photographie Agraci) J. A. Comenius. Engraving by George Glover, 1642 Page 224 National Portrait Gallery, London) (Trustees of the

The Pansophic Enlightenment. Emblem by Crispin de Pass to Comenius’ Opera Didactica Omnia (Amsterdam, 1657) Page 225 ( Trustees of the British Museum) Roger Boyle, Lord Broghill, 1st Earl of Orrery. Artist unknown Page 369 ( From a painting in the possession of Lord Cork and Orrery) The Union of Britain, 1641. Title-page of The Great Happinesse of England and Scotland, by being re-united into one great Brittain Page 398 ( Trustees of the British Museum)


These essays were written and first published on different occasions between 1956 and 1967. Most of them began as lectures or were written in tributary volumes. They were first published together, as a book bearing the title of the first essay, Religion, the Reformation and Social Change. The book was published by Messrs. Macmillan in London in 1967. An American edition was published in 1968 by Messrs. Harper and Row, under the present title, The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century. The...
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