Europe in a Wider World 1350-1650

Europe in a Wider World 1350-1650

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Between roughly 1350 and 1650, Europe underwent seismic changes in economics, politics, culture, and religion. Feudal monarchies were reconceived as abstract states. The new technology of the printing press transformed how information was disseminated, bringing texts to different social groups. Painters perfected the artifice of perspective for an increasingly commercial patronage, even as they themselves cultivated the value of their own "genius" through increasingly distinctive styles and visions. Reformers called into question 1500 years of tradition, splitting the One True Church into multiple churches. In the midst of all these changes, Europeans reached farther and farther out into a world they did not yet dominate, even as they lived uneasily under the shadow of an expansionist Islamic Mediterranean. Indeed, that wider world was inseparable from those seismic changes in the political and cultural landscape of Europe. Europe in a Wider World, 1350-1650 offers a concise discussion of these events and the impact they had upon an evolving European society. It provides a clear outline of political events and a lively exploration of developments in the social and cultural landscape. Along with traditional themes, such as Protestantism, the book examines the changing roles of European women and the effects of environmental fluctuation on the history of the continent. By looking at these years as a whole, the authors attempt to restore interconnections among events that are often lost when the time period is viewed through the double categories of "The Renaissance" and "The Reformation." Illustrated with nine detailed maps and twenty-four images, and offering chapter summaries and a chronology to aid students, this text is ideal for undergraduate courses in early modern European more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 14mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and maps
  • 0195154487
  • 9780195154481

Table of contents

1. THE LATE MIDDLE AGES IN EASTERN EUROPE ; The Crusades ; The Fall of Byzantium, 1081-1453 ; The Ottoman Empire, 1453-1699 ; Russia from the Thirteenth to the End of the Seventeenth Centuries ; Summary ; 2. THE RISE OF THE NATION ; A World Turned Upside Down ; The Emerging National Monarchies ; Particularism in Germany and Italy ; Summary ; 3. THE RENAISSANCE ; A Money Economy ; Printing, Thought, and Literature ; Science and Religion ; The Fine Arts ; The Art of Daily Living ; Summary ; 4. EXPLORATION AND EXPANSION ; Exploration and Expansion ; East by Sea to the Indies ; West by Sea to the Indies ; The North Atlantic Powers ; Russia ; The Impact of Expansion ; Summary ; 5. THE AGE OF REFORMATION ; Protestant Founders: Martin Luther, 1483-1546 ; Protestant Founders: Zwingli, Calvin, and Others ; Protestant Beliefs and Practices ; The Catholic Reformation ; Protestantism and the Idea of Progress ; Summary ; 6. THE GREAT POWERS IN CONFLICT ; A Long Duree ; A Complexity of Wars ; The Catholic Monarchies: Spain and France ; France: Toward Absolutism, 1547-1588 ; The Protestant States: Tudor England and the Dutch Republic ; The Holy Roman Empire and the Thirty Years' War ; Science and Religion ; Summaryshow more

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a notable addition to existing work in this field and has proven particularly valuable for undergraduate teaching K. Stober, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literatureshow more

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