The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, by Hamish Scott

By Hamish Scott

This guide offers a entire creation to early glossy Europe in a world context. It provides a few account of the improvement of the topic up to now half-century, yet essentially bargains an built-in survey of current wisdom, including a few feedback as to how the sector is constructing. it truly is authoritative either on confirmed issues in political heritage and the background of rules, and in addition on more recent fields corresponding to the surroundings and the background of Europe’s constructing cartography. strange for the eye given to the jap half the continent, it contains the Ottoman empire and Russia inside ‘Europe’: precisely the viewpoint of contemporaries. Adopting a comparative method, it demonstrates that ‘early sleek’ isn't easily a chronological label yet possesses a substantial highbrow integrity. quantity 1 examines ‘Peoples and Place’, with sections on structural components resembling weather, demography, languages, literacy, printing, and the revolution in info; on social and financial advancements; and at the nature of trust within the widest feel, together with chapters on Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam in addition to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

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74 While important research was conducted on the Ancient world, the medieval period, and the post-1800 centuries, the scholarly centre of gravity of the Annales after 1945 was to be early modern history, with wide-ranging repercussions. After the Second World War, economic and specifically quantitative history also became dominant in France. The early modern centuries became a natural focus for such studies, since they offered sources sufficiently abundant and detailed to facilitate research, but not yet as voluminous and overwhelming as they would become during the nineteenth century.

85 During the early modern period Europe’s population stagnated or, at most, expanded slightly, in contrast to the prethirteenth-century expansion which would be renewed after 1750. The explanation for this was primarily the inability of Europe’s agriculture before the eighteenth century to produce sufficient additional food to sustain a permanently increasing population, leading to regular subsistence crises which held growth in check. 86 Significantly this originated in his inaugural lecture to the Collège de France in 1973, when he was elected to succeed Braudel.

C) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy). Subscriber: Brown University; date: 05 May 2016 Introduction: ‘Early Modern’ Europe and the Idea of Early Modernity No such founding moment can be identified for early modernity. The archaeology and genealogy of words are, of course, notoriously difficult terrain.

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