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The European World 1500–1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History Hardcover – 17 Mar 2009

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415432529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415432528
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'Much can be gained from the approach contained in this exciting textbook.... The editor has assembled a talented team and has delivered a textbook that blends the introductory, the survey, the themes, the synthesis.' - Eric Boston, History, Journal of the Historical Association

'This is early modern history as 21st-century lecturers want to teach it.' – Paul Warde, University of East Anglia, UK

'One of the best introductions to this period I have seen.' – Retha Warnicke, Arizona State University, USA

'Didactically, it is all brilliantly executed, especially compared to some German textbooks and it is easy to read, without being simplistic.' - Wolfgang Reinhard, Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung

'Offers new students fundamental insights into the dynamics of the early modern world ... The individual chapters provide basic knowledge and ... describe the significant transformations characterizing the early modern period in an impressive and precise fashion. Throughout, Eurocentrism is superceded by a global perspective.' - Sven Externbrink, Historische Zeitschrift

'This impressive textbook provides a firm basis for any further student research. Easy to read, it delivers in-depth considerations of the most important developments of the European early modern period.' – Renate Duerr, University of Kassel, Germany

‘This collection provides an excellent first encounter with the early modern period in all its fascinating aspects. The European World will whet students’ appetite to learn more about these centuries.’ – Dagmar Freist, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany 

About the Author

Beat Kümin is Associate Professor in Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick.

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Written by academics associated with the Warwick Department of History, this book is an excellent stepping-stone into the world of early modern Europe. The book is a textbook for 'The European World 1500-1750', a central undergraduate module at the University of Warwick which is obligatory for all history undergraduates. As such, as an undergraduate studying the early modern period, I have found it to be a well-balanced and readable introduction to all the crucial topics of early modern history. It is not simply a collection of semi-related essays but has a coherent, integrated structure that divides the history of the period into four major themes: society and economy, religion, culture, and politics. The short and tastefully written chapters are all concluded with a useful bibliography containing the seminal texts of the historiography of the topic. The editor has ensured that the book is fully compatible with the internet era and URL links to helpful web resources are to be found sprinkled throughout the book. At the end of the book there is a glossary of specialised terms such as 'transubstantiation' and 'scholasticism' which I have found a particularly helpful feature as a newcomer to the jargon of the period. In short, I can heartily recommend this book to any student of European history - it is really an essential tool for essays, seminar preparation and gaining general knowledge. I can also recommend it to the general reader, who wishes to quickly gain an overview perspective of the key events and topics of European history as the continent progressed to modernity.
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You might be unsure about buying a "textbook" if you are no student. but don't hesitate getting a copy of this one! It is excellent and very readable (at least if you make appropriate breaks between chapters that sum up specific themes or aspects in 12-15 intense pages).

Here are, in my opinion, this book's main assets:
-- To the difference of many other history books, this one does not consider Europe from one specific country, to which other countries would be compared.
In many cases, the mentioned regions or countries are chosen because they most appropriately exemplify the chapter's theme.

--The book, which is globally chronological, covers a very wide range of subjects:
*Part I gives a welcome global picture of Europe... and the rest of the world at the beginning of the studied period of time (1500)
*Part II deals with "society and economy" (including gender and family --- at the very beginning, which is very unusual--, rural and urban society, marginals and deviants, early modern economy).
*Part III is about religion (situation at the end of the Middle Ages, followed by the Reformation--Lutheran, Reformed, Catholic--, and a chapter on the Jews and Muslims.
*Culture is the general theme of Part IV (concept of "Renaissance", discovery of new territories/colonies, art and society, importance of the printed press, scientific revolution, witchcraft and magic, popular culture(s), Enlightement)
*Part V deals with politics. Quite unusually - and refreshingly, I think-- that section is placed at the end. In addition "politics" are considered in an open and deeply structural way. You won't face endless lists of conflicts and treatises or details of dynastic successions.
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This book is great if you are studying the subject at university, A level or even just have a general interest in the subject of early modern Europe. It contains a collection of chapters written by a number of historians and edited by Kumin on everything ranging from the Reformation to politics and the Renaissance to exploration.

I have used this book throughout my semester. The amount of information provided is good considering it is just a textbook and at the end of each chapter there is a brilliant compilation of the sources used by the author, even directing the reader to useful primary sources, which are incredibly helpful if you are, like me, doing an essay based on the period. It should be noted that the book has a companion website, offering yet more information and sources on the issues discussed.

Overall, a book full of information yet concise and easy to understand. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone studying early modern Europe.
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This book is great if its one of your core books for university, it's clearly organised and laid out and the language isn't complicated. Any new words are always in capitals which encourages you to find out more.
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Best book on early modern Europe I have read. I recommend it for both newcomers to the subject and for those who wish to increase their understanding of the period.
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