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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2 edition (15 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631217800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631217800
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Europe Divided is a fascinating and wide–ranging introduction to a complex age of movement and conflict. Professor Elliott′s strong narrative takes account of political, economic and social developments and provides vivid portraits of the leading personalities of the era.

The book examines the hard lines of division in late sixteenth–century Europe: between a Protestant North and a Catholic South; between the rich, expanding economy of the West and the harsh poverty of the agrarian East. It was the period that saw the birth of the Dutch Republic; the defeat of the Spanish Armada; the western repulse of the Ottoman Empire; the revival of the papacy and an authoritarian Calvinism. It was also an era of strong political personalities, of Philip II and a powerful Habsburg Spain, of Queen Elizabeth and Catherine de Medici, of Henry IV and Montaigne.

Throughout the text, Professor Elliott has been concerned to reveal the complex interaction of events in different parts of the continent, rather than examining regions in isolation. The book therefore conveys the feeling of contemporaries of the era – that they were involved in a great European drama.

About the Author

John H. Elliott has lectured at the University of Cambridge, was Professor of history at King′s College, London and at Princeton and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. His previous publications include The Revolt of the Catalans (1963), Imperial Spain 1469–1716 (1963), The Old World the New 1492–1650 (1970), Richelieu and Olivares (1984) and Spain and Its World 1500–1700 (1989). Most recently he has edited, with Laurence Brockliss, The World of the Favourite (1999), and he is currently engaged on a comparative study of British and Spanish colonization in the Americas.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
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This is an excellent survey of the crucial events in European history during the second half of the 16th Century. Phillip II of Spain and the revolt of the Netherlands naturally have pride of place in this volume, but Elliot also gives coverage to events in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Meditteranean (far too many histories of Europe give excessive emphasis to western Europe at the expense of the eastern and northern parts of the continent). The chapter relating to the waxing of Spanish power is particularly exciting and well written, but then the author is an expert of this period of Spanish history. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in European history.
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Elliot triumphant 10 Sept. 2001
By Richard Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent survey of the crucial events in European history during the second half of the 16th Century. Phillip II of Spain and the revolt of the Netherlands naturally have pride of place in this volume, but Elliot also gives coverage to events in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Meditteranean (far too many histories of Europe give excessive emphasis to western Europe at the expense of the eastern and northern parts of the continent). The chapter relating to the waxing of Spanish power is particularly exciting and well written, but then the author is an expert of this period of Spanish history. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in European history.
Excellent Political Survey of the Time. 4 July 2014
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the best in the series. A very readable survey largely focused on the political events of the period covered. England and Scotland are included as they effect the Continent so you don't have the weird gaps of not touching on Britain when Britain is important to Continental affairs. It would have been nice if Elliot translated all his quotes since some of the short one sentence quotes are left in their original languages.
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