A History of Western Civilization: The Emergence of Modern Europe, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615303936
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303939
  • DDC: 940.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 264 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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At the end of the Renaissance, the Western world was beginning to change. Explorers brought back treasures from other lands. Merchants helped develop the rudiments of a modern economy. The new Protestant religion swept across Europe, sparking the brutal Thirty Year's War with Roman Catholics. By the time of the French Revolution, the world had been introduced to the distinct entities that still largely make up present-day Europe, and to the revolutionary social, cultural, and political philosophies of the enlightenment. Within these pages, readers will encounter the developments that altered the course of Europe's early modern era. The volume contains a wealth of thoroughly researched information complemented by beautiful photographs to draw readers into the remarkable history of the development of this powerful continent.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: European Economy and Society, c. 1500–1648.
2: The Economic Background.
3: Demographics.
4: Trade and the “Atlantic Revolution”.
5: Prices and Inflation.
6: Landlords and Peasants.
7: Protoindustrialization.
8: Growth of Banking and Finance.
9: Political and Cultural Influences on the Economy.
10: Aspects of Early Modern Society.
11: Malleus Maleficarum.
12: European Politics and Diplomacy, c. 1500–1648.
13: The State of European Politics.
14: Discovery of the New World.
15: Nation-States and Dynastic Rivalries.
16: Turkey and Eastern Europe.
17: Charles V.
18: Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
19: Süleyman I.
20: Martin Luther.
21: Diplomacy in the Age of the Reformation.
22: Counter-Reformation.
23: The Wars of Religion.
24: The Thirty Years' War, 1618–48.
25: The Crisis in Germany.
26: Holy Roman Empire.
27: The Crisis in the Habsburg Lands.
28: The Triumph of the Catholics, 1619–29.
29: The Crisis of the War, 1629–35.
30: The European War in Germany, 1635–45.
31: Making Peace, 1645–48.
32: Problems Not Solved by the War.
33: Problems Solved by the War.
34: European Society and Economy, c. 1648–1788.
35: The Human Condition.
36: Climate.
37: War.
38: Health and Sickness.
39: Poverty.
40: The Organization of Society.
41: Nobles and Gentlemen.
42: The Bourgeoisie.
43: Bourgeoisie.
44: The Peasantry.
45: The Economic Environment.
46: Early Capitalism.
47: The Old Industrial Order.
48: The Rise of Absolutism.
49: Major Forms of Absolutism.
50: France.
51: Louis XIV.
52: The Holy Roman Empire.
53: Maria Theresa.
54: Prussia.
55: Frederick II.
56: Variations on the Absolutist Theme.
57: Sweden.
58: Denmark.
59: Spain.
60: Portugal.
61: Great Britain.
62: Netherlands.
63: Russia.
64: Peter I.
65: The Enlightenment.
66: Sources of Enlightenment Thought.
67: The Role of Science and Mathematics.
68: René Descartes.
69: The Influence of Locke.
70: The Proto-Enlightenment.
71: History and Social Thought.
72: The Language of the Enlightenment.
73: Scottish Enlightenment.
74: The Individual and Society.
75: The Encyclopédie.
76: Rousseau and His Followers.
77: The Enlightenment in Germany.
78: The Enlightenment throughout Europe.
79: Conclusion.