The Sixteenth Century

The Sixteenth Century

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The sixteenth century witnessed some of the most abrupt and traumatic transformations ever seen in European society and culture. Population growth strained the old fabric of community and economic relations. New supplies of precious metals from east and west re-wrote the rules of finance and commerce. Politics was dominated first by the gladiatorial struggle of two great Renaissance monarchs, then by the bitter and bloody entanglement of religion and politics.
Society became more disciplined but also more fragmented. Yet this was also the age when the Renaissance became a European rather than just an Italian phenomenon, an age of art, architecture, and literature, of unprecedented reflection on the thinking person's role in government and civic life. It was the
era of the Reformation and Catholic reform, when the ideals and priorities of the life of faith were examined and reshaped in the light of new readings of Scripture. For the first time Europeans not only learned more about the world beyond their continent; they reached out and grasped huge new overseas empires.

Six leading scholars in their respective fields have here contributed their insights into the challenging and tumultuous sixteenth century. The economy, politics, society, and secular and religious thought all receive careful thematic treatment and analysis. A detailed picture also emerges of how Europeans made and managed their overseas empires. The volume challenges, tests, and revises the received wisdom of past accounts in the light of the most modern scholarship. The diverse experiences of
regions of Europe often ignored, including the East and the Mediterranean, receive particular attention where their destinies were different from the more better-known experiences of France and Germany. Many cliches of textbook history, from the multiple 'revolutions' to the rise of the
nation-states, emerge transformed from this account.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 17mm | 359g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 Maps
  • 0198731892
  • 9780198731894
  • 911,794

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Economy ; 2. Authority, Power, and Violence ; 3. Society ; 4. The Mind ; 5. The Turmoil of Faith ; 6. Europe and a World Expanded ; Commentary and Conclusion
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About Euan Cameron

Euan Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York, and was previously Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has published extensively on European history in the age of the Reformation, including The European Reformation and, as editor, Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History, both also published by Oxford University
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