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The Early Modern Period

General Bibliography

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)

Penguin/Allen Lane:
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 below, up-to-date subject bibliographies can be found at the end of each chapter of Wiesner-Hanks.

A few reference works:

Thomas Brady, Heiko Oberman, & James Tracy, eds., Handbook of European History, 1400-1600, 2 vols. (1994-5): in the first volume, each chapter is an introduction to a topic (e.g. `population’) or a country. The second focuses on the Reformation. Chris Cook and Philip Broadhead, The Routledge Companion to Early Modern Europe, 1453-1763 (2006): timelines, genealogies, statistics, etc. Paul F. Grendler, ed., Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (1999) Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, 4 vols. (1996) The New Cambridge Modern History Atlas, edited by H.C. Darby and Harold Fullard (volume XIV of The New Cambridge Modern History (1970)


Specimen Question: If you were a peasant, when and where would you most like to have lived in early modern Europe? Explain.

Core Reading: Wiesner-Hanks, chapters 2 & 6

Further Reading
George Huppert, After the Black Death (2nd ed. 1998)
Henry Kamen, Early Modern European Society (2000)
Fernand Braudel, The Structures of Everyday Life (1972) (= vol. 1 of Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century) Pierre Goubert, The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century (Eng. transl. 1986) Keith Wrightson, English Society, 1580-1680 (1982)

Michael W. Flinn, The European Demographic System (1981)
Beatrice Gottlieb, The Family in the Western World from the Black Death to the Industrial Age (1994) Merry E. Wiesner, Women and gender in early modern europe (2000)


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