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Early Modern Europe 1500-1789 (Silver Library) [Paperback]

H.G. Koenigsberger
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1 Sep 1999 0582418623 978-0582418622 1

Opening at the height of the Renaissance, the book chronicles the dawning of a new age on the European continent. Koenigsberger paints a detailed picture of the Reformation and its significance as increasingly powerful nations began to intrude on their subjects’ public and private lives. He gives account of the Counter-Reformation and the political and economic crisis that accompanied it, and an in-depth discussion of the age of Louis XIV and the balance of power in Europe. A full chapter addresses the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and throughout attention is given to social, cultural and intellectual developments.

The book concludes with a summary of the situation throughout Europe on the eve of the French Revolution, and the dramatic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of a consumer society.


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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582418623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582418622
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'To compress three dramatic centuries into little more than 300 pages is a formidable undertaking, but Professor Koenigsberger has accomplished it with enviable skill and professionalism.'

Christopher F Black, History

 

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‘To compress three dramatic centuries into little more than 300 pages is a formidable undertaking, but Professor Koenigsberger has accomplished it with enviable skill and professionalism.’
Christopher F Black, History
Since its publication in 1987 early Modern Europe (1500 - 1789) has become a bestselling, well-loved classic. Opening at the climax of the Renaissance - when an educated, city-based laity began to bring their special demands and sensibilities to bear on earlier traditions the book chronicles the dawning of a new age on the continent.
Combining the freshness of an interpretive essay with the breadth of wide-ranging historical synthesis, Koenigsberger paints a detailed picture of the Reformation and its significance as increasingly powerful nations began to intrude on their subjects’ public and private lives. The text ends with a discussion of the conflicts between personal freedom and the rights of authority that shattered forever the old European order.
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Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789 was originally published as the central volume in the bestselling illustrated Series, ‘A History of Europe’, edited by H G Koenigsberger and Asa Briggs, charting Europe’s history from the collapse of the Roman Empire to modern times.
‘In an age of specialists, only an historian of exceptional courage and learning would attempt to scan fourteen centuries of European history in two relatively brief volumes and expect to emerge with his reputation intact. Professor Koenigsberger is such an historian.’
Howell A Lloyd, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
The author
H G Koenigsberger was, from 1973 until his retirement in 1984, Professor of History at King’s College, University of London, having held chairs of Modern History at the University of Nottingham and, from 1966 to 1973, Early Modern History at Cornell University. He has published widely, including another volume in the Silver Library, Europe in the Sixteenth Century, written in its bestselling second edition with George L Mosse and G Q Bowler. Professor Koenigsberger is Fellow and former Vice Prseident of the Royal Historical Society, as well as a member of a number of distinguished European scholarly associations. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has received an Economienda from the King of Spain in the Order of Isabel la Catholica.
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As part of Longman’s 275th Anniversary - a landmark in publishing history - we are launching an exciting collection of classic books.
The Silver Library celebrates the very best in history writing published by Longman. This selection of seminal and best-selling works by world renowned authorities will become the essential collection.
Titles in the Silver Library are-
John Tosh
The Pursuit of History, Third Edition
Bernard W Anderson
The Living World of the Old Testament, Fourth Edition
R H C Davis
A History of Medieval Europe, Second Edition
H G Koenigsberger, George L Mosse, G Q Bowler
Europe in the Sixteenth Century, Second Edition
Barry Coward
The Stuart Age 1603 - 1714, Second Edition
H G Koenigsberger
Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789
Asa Briggs
The Age of Improvement 1783 - 1867, Second Edition
M S Anderson
The Ascendancy of Europe 1815 - 1914, Second Edition
James Joll
The Origins of the First World War, Second Edition
J M Roberts
Europe 1880 - 1945, Second Edition
Martin Kitchen
Europe Between the Wars
Peter Calvocoressi
World Politics Since 1945, Seventh Edition

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, well written and to the point 5 Jan 2001
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Cramming the three hundred years of the early modern period into as many pages is an unenviable task, but one that Koenigsberger carries off with flair and gusto. Neither a narrative nor an analysis nor a geographical breakdown this book succeds in holding the reader's attention while providing a comprehensive introduction to the period. Economic, social, political and religious factors seem to be presented in a depth far outstripping the actual length of the book, proof of its high achievment. He provides a smooth transition from the medieval to the ancien regime via the Reformation, a subject he dwells on at length (with justification). This book is of course nothing more than a brief introduction designed to whet the historical appetite, but manages to give significant insight into the themes and psychology of the period and one can only admire Koenigsberger for his depth and clarity. Although the layout of the book in endless sub divisions is somewhat disconcerting, it is invitingly approachable for the novice or the layman and even a handy synopsis for the historian. All he major countries, characters and events are addressed in what is without doubt a fundamental introductory work fulfilling the ultimate task of provoking both thought and further reading.
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I have known the work of Prof Koenigsberger since 1970 when a student at university. There is no doubt in my mind that his works enabled me to get a decent degree. The Professor is a writer besides being an historian. He is one of a tiny group that make history interesting. This new book is no exception. In 300 pages he describes a europe that was becoming aware of its place in the world and the interplay with other cultures. An excellent read: far to short.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, well written and to the point 10 Jan 2001
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Cramming the three hundred years of the early modern period into as many pages is an unenviable task, but one that Koenigsberger carries off with flair and gusto. Neither a narrative nor an analysis nor a geographical breakdown this book succeds in holding the reader's attention while providing a comprehensive introduction to the period. Economic, social, political and religious factors seem to be presented in a depth far outstripping the actual length of the book, proof of its high achievment. He provides a smooth transition from the medieval to the ancien regime via the Reformation, a subject he dwells on at length (with justification). This book is of course nothing more than a brief introduction designed to whet the historical appetite, but manages to give significant insight into the themes and psychology of the period and one can only admire Koenigsberger for his depth and clarity. Although the layout of the book in endless sub divisions is somewhat disconcerting, it is invitingly approachable for the novice or the layman and even a handy synopsis for the historian. All he major countries, characters and events are addressed in what is without doubt a fundamental introductory work fulfilling the ultimate task of provoking both thought and further reading.
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Time to build a library to aid in my academic pursuits as I prepare for graduate school and writing my thesis.
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