- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,968,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The European World 1500–1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History Hardcover – 17 Mar 2009
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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 Throughout, Eurocentrism is superceded by a global perspective.'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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.