A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815: Search for a Reasonable World

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A concise and lively survey that introduces students to the people, ideas, and conflicts in European history from the Thirty Years' War to the Napoleonic Era. The authors draw on new work in gender studies, environmental history, anthropology and cultural history to illustrate the animating force of the period: the assumption that the world could be made amenable to human reason, though precisely how this was to be done remained highly contested. The nature of those contests -- in politics, culture, and society -- is traced throughout the book. The work includes discussions of developments in science, art, and literature. A chronology of people and events concludes each chapter and there is a glossary of key terms at the end of the book.
 

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Contents

Introduction Sad Stories of the Death
1
The European World in 1600
9
A Society of Localities
30
The Mental Universe
52
Politics or Religion? The Thirty Years War
73
Who Should Rule in England?
96
Louis XIV and Absolute Monarchy
123
The Arts in the Age of the Baroque
146
Enlightenment Reason Nature and Progress
250
Enlightenment in National Context
269
Enlightened Absolutism
287
A Consumer Society
305
The Reform of France
331
Turns of Fortunes Wheel France
352
Napoleon and the Export of
378
Glossary
403

Trade War and Monarchy in
167
Europe Overseas
189
The Pursuit of Truth
209
Public Sphere and Private Lives
229
Index
423
About the Authors 451
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