Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations

Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations

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Edited by James B. Collins, Edited by Karen L. Taylor

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This reader brings together original and influential recent work in the field of early modern European history. * Provides a thought-provoking overview of current thinking on this period. * Key themes include evolving early-modern identities; changes in religion and cultural life; the revolution of the mind; roles of women in early-modern societies; the rise of the modern state; and Europe and the new world system * Incorporates new scholarship on Eastern and Central Europe. * Includes an article translated into English for the first time.

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James B. Collins is Professor of History at Georgetown University, and Chair of the History Department. Karen L. Taylor is Lecturer in History at Georgetown University.

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"Collin and Taylor's anthology... will be a valuable resource in teaching the historiography of the early modern era." History "Touches on a wide range of methodologies ... .Offers ... a broadening of horizons beyond any specialty. Much undiscovered territory ... much inspiration." Sixteenth Century Journal

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Acknowledments. Introduction: Interpreting Early Modern Europe: Karen L. Taylor and James B. Collins. Part I Evolving Early Modern Identities. Introduction. 1 The Legacy of Rome: Anthony Pagden. 2 Europe and the Atlantic Slave Systems: David Eltis. 3 History, Myth and, Historical Identity: Karin Friedrich. 4 The Theresian School Reform of 1774: James Van Horn Melton. 5 The Evil Empire? The Debate on Turkish Despotism in Eighteenth-Century French Political Culture: Thomas Kaiser. Part II Changes in Religion and Cultural Life. Introduction. 6 Ira Dei super nos: Denis Crouzet. 7 Charitable Activities of Confraternities: Maureen Flynn. 8 The Sins of Belief: A Village Remedy for Hoof and Mouth Disease (1796) David Warren Sabean. 9 "Dutiful Love and Natural Affection": Parent-Child Relationships in the Early Modern Netherlands: Sherrin Marshall. Part III The Revolution of the Mind. Introduction. 10 A Possible Support for Irreligion: The Sciences: Lucien Febvre. 11 The Material Culture of the Church and Incipient Consumerism: Richard A. Goldthwaite. 12 From a Culture of Science toward the Enlightenment: Kathleen Wellman. 13 Contesting Possession: Patricia Seed. 14 Ritual and Print Discipline and Invention: The Fete in France from the Middle Ages to the Revolution: Roger Chartier. Part IV The Roles of Women in Early Modern Society Introduction. 15 Political, Economic, and Legal Structures: Merry E. Wiesner. 16 Women before the Bench: Female Litigants in Early Modern Normandy: Zoe A Schneider. 17 Review of The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800, by Lawrence Stone: Alan Macfarlane. 18 Illegitimacy and Infanticide in Early Modern Russia: David L Ransel. 19 Public Leisure and the Rise of Salons: Deborah Hertz. Part V The Rise of the Modern State System. Introduction. 20 The Crisis in Assumptions about Political Thinking: Felix Gilbert. 21 From Contractual Monarchy to Constitutionalism: Gerhard Oestrich. 22 Paradoxes of State Power: John Brewer. 23 The Power of the King: Antonio Feros Feros. 24 The Royal Government, Guilds, and the Seamstresses of Paris, Normany, and Provence: Clare Haru Crowston. Part VI Research Paradigms, Old and New. Introduction. 25 The Courtization of the Warriors: Norbert Elias. 26 Women on Top: Natalie Zemon Davis. 27 The Contrasts: Alfred W. Crosby. 28 Transcending East-West Dichotomies: State and Culture Formation in Six Ostensibly Disparate Areas: Victor Lieberman. 29 Introduction to The Great Divergence. China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy: Kenneth Pomeranz. 30 Between Carnival and Lent: Paula Findlen. Index