The recommended survey text is Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 (Cambridge U.P., 2006). In preparation for this section of the core course, you should read chapter 1.
Other one-volume surveys include:
Euan Cameron, ed., Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (1999): stimulating thematic essays, but not the place to get your facts straight George Huppert, After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe (2nd ed. 1998): highly recommended, readable overview but only covers social history
Numerous publishers have a multi-volume series that covers the early modern period. They include ---
Eugene Rice & Anthony Grafton, The Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559 (2nd ed. 1994) Richard S. Dunn, The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1715 (2nd ed. 1979) Isser Woloch, Eighteenth-Century Europe: Tradition and Progress, 1715-1789 (1982)
Richard Mackenney, Sixteenth Century Europe (1993)
Thomas Munck, Seventeenth Century Europe (1990)
Jeremy Black, Eighteenth Century Europe (1990)
Oxford University Press:
Richard Bonney, The European Dynastic States, 1494-1660 (1991) William Doyle, The Old European Order, 1660-1800 (2nd ed. 1992)
J.H. Elliott, Europe Divided, 1559-1598 (2nd ed. 2000)
Geoffrey Parker, Europe in Crisis, 1598-1648 (2nd ed. 2001) J. Stoye, Europe Unfolding, 1648-1668 (2nd ed. 2000)
Olwen Hufton, Europe: Privilege and Protest, 1730-1789 (2nd ed. 2000)
Tim Blanning, The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007) (other volumes in preparation)
Cambridge University Press has a paperback textbook series entitled `new approaches to european history’. Intended as high-level introductions to specific episodes and topics, volumes in this series tend to be of high quality. I strongly recommend them.
In addition to the Further Reading lists...