This Handbook re-examines the concept of early modern history in a European and global context. The term 'early modern' has been familiar, especially in Anglophone scholarship, for four decades and is securely established in teaching, research, and scholarly publishing. More recently, however, the unity implied in the notion has fragmented, while the usefulness and even the validity of the term, and the historical periodisation which it incorporates, have
been questioned. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, 1350-1750 provides an account of the development of the subject during the past half-century, but primarily offers an integrated and comprehensive survey of present knowledge, together with some suggestions as to how the field is developing.
It aims both to interrogate the notion of 'early modernity' itself and to survey early modern Europe as an established field of study. The overriding aim will be to establish that 'early modern' is not simply a chronological label but possesses a substantive integrity.
Volume II is devoted to 'Cultures and Power', opening with chapters on philosophy, science, art and architecture, music, and the Enlightenment. Subsequent sections examine 'Europe beyond Europe', with the transformation of contact with other continents during the first global age, and military and political developments, notably the expansion of state power.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 1401 g
Dimensions: 249 x 179 x 49 mm
the very real achievement the two volumes represent ... will be valuable indeed as introductions, for those, students and established scholars alike, seeking to find their conceptual and bibliographical footing in unfamiliar terrain. * Spencer J. Weinreich, Journal of Jesuit Studies *
Scott is greatly to be congratulated for looking at the wider European world. This is most valuable. The inclusion of the Ottoman Empire, with Gabor Agostons characteristically perceptive piece on the Empire and Europe, is also most welcome ... a fascinating collection, and one that richly deserves attention. * Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, European Review of History *