Early Modern Europe: The Age of Religious War, 1559-1715
Drawing on the most recent social, economic, cultural, and intellectual research, Mark Konnert provides an engrossing overview of Europe during a highly dynamic and turbulent historical period. The book argues that while territorial trade-offs, resource and wealth distribution, and social conflict contributed to a century and a half of revolts, civil wars, and witch hunts, religion was the main catalyst for the violence that rocked the continent.
Konnert's comprehensive study will help guide the student through this complex period in European history. Maps, illustrations, and an index are included.
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- Page Count: 399 pages
- Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Early Modern Europe: The Age of Religious War, 1559-1715is a very readable text. It presents in a clear and understandable style the political, religious, economic, and cultural forces at work in this critical period of European history. The chapters are focused, and complex issues are communicated effectively. In short, it is a tour de force.
Vladimir Steffel, Ohio State University
In an engaging look at a transformative period in both European and world history, Mark Konnert takes his readers on an illuminating journey through the world of Early Modern Europe. He introduces his travellers to broad areas, trends, and developments, and then focuses on specific nation-states and significant events. This is European history on a large scale, but it does not neglect particular segments of society and their concerns. It is a comprehensive study incorporating the works of a wide range of specialists as well as Konnert's original scholarship, and it gives the student a strong factual and contextual base for further study. Konnert boldly addresses the religious component of the age of religious warfare and brings a concrete, multi-dimensional approach to the topic. A clearly written and well-organized text, Early Modern Europe successfully addresses the complexity underlying the significant events of mid-sixteenth through early eighteenth-century history.
Rowena Hernandez-Muzquiz, Ohio Wesleyan University
Mark Konnert is an associate professor of history at the University of Calgary and the author of Civic Agendas and Religious Passion: Châlons-sur-Marne during the French Wars of Religion and the upcoming Local Politics in the French Wars of Religion: The Towns of Champagne, the Duc de Guise, and the Catholic League, 1560-95.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Part I: Society and Economy in Early Modern Europe
Chapter 1. Population and Demography
Chapter 2. Social Relations and the Structure of Society
Chapter 3. The Economy of Early Modern Europe
Chapter 4. Religion and the People
Part II: Wars of Religion, 1559-1648
Chapter 5. The Wars of Religion in France
Chapter 6. Spain and the Netherlands
Chapter 7. Elizabethan England
Chapter 8. Germany and the Thirty Years' War
Part III: The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 9. The Construction of Royal Absolutism in France, 1598-1661
Chapter 10. England, 1603-60: Rebellion and Revolution
Chapter 11. Spain in Decline
Chapter 12. The Golden Age of the Dutch Republic
Chapter 13. Northern and Eastern Europe
Chapter 14. France under Louis XIV, 1661-1715
Chapter 15. England: From Restoration to Oligarchy, 1660-1714
Chapter 16. Absolutism in Central and Eastern Europe
Chapter 17. Establishing the Balance of Power: The Wars of Louis XIV
Part IV: Toward a New World-View
Chapter 18. Intellectual Life: The Quest for Certainty
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