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4.3 out of 5 stars


on 6 June 2001
Accessible and well-researched, Bonney's ubertext for students of early modern history is massive in scope; although (as the title suggests) developments in the diplomatic and political spheres form the core of the book, a second section deals comprehensively with the social structure, economic trends and cultural encounters. However, necessarily, it is an excellent (and bang up-to-date) work of synthesis rather than an archival or interprative coup; Bonney handles no primary evidence, there is no sense of academic 'discovery', and the style is somewhat plodding. Nonetheless, a recommended primer for a difficult period.
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on 16 December 2000
Richard Bonney's study is by far the most detailed account of this period of history I have read. It contains all of the essential areas from Europe in this time, including the rise and fall of various empires, the emergence of new religions and the divides this caused as well as giving his own personal arguements as to why events happened, with the support of well chosen evidence and quotations. This book would be suitable for A-level study as well as degree standard but it could easily be used by someone reading up on this topic purely for interest.
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on 23 July 2001
Bonney's book is without doubt the best general survey of early modern Europe available. Not only is the narrative thoroughly engaging, it also covers every aspect of the period required as a student: religion, politics, economics and culture. It is easy to navigate and broken down to make good sense if picking your way through. A superb history book both for the academic and the leisure reader.
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on 13 May 2014
Condition not as good as expected. However it did have a plastic cover a it was ex-library. Arrived within the time expected in good packaging
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on 6 January 2014
A must read for anyone with an interest in Europe and the historical role of the church. Clearly a subject the UKIP are blissfully unaware
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on 19 December 2014
perfect
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