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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (15 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198207603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198207603
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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this lucidly written, erudite and important book/ Patrick Richards, Day By Day, 30/04/99.

this is a coherent, informative and thoughtful treatment of three centuries of European history./Paul Dukes, Journal of European Studies 32 (2002)

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Euan Cameron is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Readership down on 30 Jan. 2011
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'Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History' is a fascinating and rewarding introduction to the early modern period. Themes from the 16th to the end of the 18th centuries are described and contextualised with a clarity of vision that should leave the reader feeling very confident in their understanding of all the major events, processes, and figures of the time. Economics, dynastic politics, internal politics of nascent nation states, renaisance and reformation ideas, colonisation and technology are all covered in a coherent and satisfying way.

This book is far superior to what would seem to be its nearest bookshelf rival - 'Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789' by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, which perhaps suffers a little from being too bogged down with its strange over-emphasis on gender issues, and perculiar thematic scheme.

I am giving 'Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History' 5 stars because:

a) it is very readable
b) it it comprehensive
c) it provides clarity on potentially confusing issues
d) it uses logical thematic schemes
e) it will leave you with a clear idea of the main political and social events and processes of the period. brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber_Caitlin on 29 Mar. 2013
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I bought this for my module at university on Early Modern Europe, and it has been extremely helpful in giving me a general overview of different aspects of life, warfare, and government in three different centuries.
The contents page is very helpful: each century is a different section and the various essays within each century have been given clear titles. These are then broken down further in the contents into subcategories to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
The essays I have read so far are well written and informative, and are a good length. They contain considerable content, but normally within about 20 pages.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AdamSam on 15 Nov. 2010
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Thoroughly useful book which has aided me emensely in furthering my understanding of Early Modern period of European history. Highly recommended and pretty swift delivery.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teodor on 18 July 2013
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The book is well presented with pictures and texts and is giving iniside into the age of early modern history. A good read for people interested in history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An Emminently Readable Survey of Early Modern Europe 7 Feb. 2004
By Galen K. Valentine - Published on Amazon.com
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Early Modern Europe is a survey of European history from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Its three parts, one for each of the centuries the book covers, are each a collection of three essays by period historians. Scattered throughout are numerous illustrations and a few maps; though, oddly, the origins of many of the illustrations aren't cited except in the List of Illustrations. With so many authors it can be difficult to maintain a consistent tone and theme throughout. I found the style of nearly every author in Early Modern Europe to be, while not identical, at least similar enough that transitions between essays were fluid.
Perhaps to make this survey seem more like a narrative and less pedantic cited works for each essay are relegated to the back of the book. Also, I can't recall a single end- or foot-note. I would have preferred the bibliography to be placed with each essay and that the text to have been supplemented with footnotes. But lest that criticism seem too harsh I will say that the authors achieved the monumental task of reducing the historical fact, and conjectures, of three centuries into eleven relatively short essays (including the Prologue and Epilogue) without losing too much.
Anthony Pagden's, "Prologue: Europe and the World Around" was particularly interesting to me. This essay covers how the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and the coming of Christianity, influenced the Europeans conception of themselves and their relationships to others. It explains, if only superficially, the European sense of "unity" and the belief in the superiority of Western Civilization; I use superficial not in its negative sense but to mean "on or nor the surface" i.e. the scanty 28 pages devoted to the subject can only be a survey rather than a critical analysis.
The other essays in the book cover the life of the masses, war, religion, politics, and economics. Such a range of topics gives you a general sense of the times. And that is really the power of this book - a framework in which to locate other more intense readings on the particulars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very useful and compelling 16 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Have used the book as back-up to a high school Modern History course this semester. It is extremely well-written in many of the chapters and summarizes and encapulsates key points and moments during this period. It also updates the current state of scholarship in the field in places and overall is an interesting read. Worth the money if this is a time period of interest to you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Early Modern Reference Book 17 July 2011
By BlondiePhD - Published on Amazon.com
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Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History is an excellent resource book for both new scholars and more experienced ones alike. I would especially recommend this book as assigned or supplemental reading in an introductory course on early modern Europe as it covers each major theme of the early modern period including the reformation, renaissance, counter reformation, major economic patterns, and other social/cultural developments in a concise yet informative manner. It is a very accessible text as most other Oxford Histories.
Five Stars 25 Nov. 2014
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met every expectation
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Sailling in serene awareness towards its doom" 21 Oct. 2000
By ILIAS RAPTIS - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting analysis of a world that wanted to go forth but did was afraid to break ultimately with its past.Behind the cabinet of Monarchist-Europe a world of new ideas,classes and ways of worshipping God were emerging stealthy and in the end will make any return to the past impossible.My favorite chapters were those of Alison Rowlands and Robin Briggs.I stayed a bit puzzled with Euan Cameron's aphoristic remark in page 87-we must not forget the class struggles in Augsburg,the revolt of the Netherlands or the role played by Brittish middle class in the establishment of a moderate religious tolerance for the first time-and T.C.Blanning's "natural end of Early Modern Europe".Germany was a problem for Europe in the seventeenth century also;is not better to stay attached to the feature of "authority" in this period?This attitude was gone for good after the Napoleonic expansion,despite his latter defeat.Why not be 1796(Italian expedition)a good suggestion?
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