Structured in four parts dealing with socio-economic, religious, cultural and political issues, it adopts a deliberately broad geographical perspective: Western and Central Europe receive particular attention, but dedicated chapters also explore the wider global context. For this thoroughly revised and improved second edition, the authors have added three new chapters on ‘Politics and Government’, ‘Impact of War' and ‘Revolution’
Specially designed to assist learning, The European World 1500-1800 features:state-of-the-art surveys of key topics written by an international team of historians suggestions for seminar discussion and further reading extracts from primary sources and generous illustrations, including maps a glossary of key terms and concepts a chronology of major events a full index of persons, places and subjects a fully-featured companion website, enhanced for this new edition
The European World 1500-1800 will be essential reading for all students embarking on the discovery of the early modern period.
• explains how local communities empowered common people through collective agency and a degree of local autonomy
• demonstrates how communal units impacted on key historical developments, from the Reformation to state formation
• provides case studies of the Italian city, the English parish and the village in the Holy Roman Empire
• surveys communal origins, constitutions and cultural representations, as well as contested issues such as gender roles and inner tensions
• evaluates related historiographical debates on communalism and republicanism.
Informed by a genuinely comparative and integrated approach, this original volume offers an excellent introduction to European history 'from below', and to the fundamental building blocks of European society.