History PDF – Early Modern European History – 1500-1700

Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe – History PDF

Nauert, Charles G.
1995 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Nauert charts the key intellectual, social, educational and philosophical concerns of this humanist revolution, using Renaissance art and short biographical sketches of key figures to illuminate the discussion. While other studies of humanism have concentrated on origins and early diffusion, this one also traces subsequent transformations of humanism and its solvent effect on intellectual developments in the late Renaissance.
1. The birth of humanist culture — 2. Humanism and Italian society — 3. Crossing the Alps — 4. Triumph and disaster — 5. Humanism and High-Renaissance culture — 6. Humanism and the end of the Renaissance.

Life during the Renaissance – History PDF

Netzley, Patricia D.
1998 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Describes the history, culture, and life of people living during the Renaissance.
A Break with the past: new ideas and beliefs – Manorial duties: the relationship between rural peasants and nobles – Distributing wealth: the rising middle class – The power of Knowledge: education and humanism – Struggling to maintain control: the Church in daily life – New sources of wealth: exploration and conquest – The Renaissance legacy: the arts and sciences – The originality of the Renaissance

Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 – History PDF

Parker, Geoffrey
1988 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Well before the Industrial Revolution, Europe developed the superior military potential and expertise that enabled her to dominate the world for the next two centuries. In this attractively illustrated and updated edition, Geoffrey Parker discusses the major changes in the military practice of the West during this time period–establishment of bigger armies, creation of superior warships, the role of firearms–and argues that these major changes amounted to a “military revolution” that gave Westerners a decided advantage over people of other continents. – Publisher
The military revolution revisited – Supplying war – Victory at sea – The ‘military revolution’ abroad – Beyond the revolution – Afterword: in defence of ‘The military revolution’

Age of Reconnaissance – History PDF

Parry, J.H.
World 1963 Dewey Dec. 940.1

The period during which Europe discovered the rest of the world. It began with Henry the Navigator and the Portuguese voyages in the mid-fifteenth century and ended 250 years later. Dr. Parry examines the inducements; political, economic, religious overseas enterprises at the time, and analyzes the nature and problems of the various European settlements in the new lands.
Contents: Part I: The Conditions for discovery – Attitudes and motives – Commercial experience and financial backing – Ships and shipbuilders – Seamen and seamanship – Pilotage and navigation – Charts and maps – Fighting capacity of men and ships – Part II: The Story of Discovery – Africa and the Indian Ocean – The Atlantic and the South Sea – The American conquests – Atlantic trade and piracy – New routes to the east – Fishing, fur-trading and planting – Part III: The Fruits of Discovery – The land empire of Spain – Sea empires of Portugal and Holland – The plantations and their trades – migrations and dispersals – The colonial bureaucrats – Rights of conquerors and conquered – Conclusion

Europe And A Wider World 1415-1715 – History PDF

Parry, J.H.
Hutchinson’s University 1949 Dewey Dec. 940.1

Contents: The Bounds of Christendom, 1415 – Tools of the explorers – ‘Christians and spices’ – The New World – Silver empire – Fishermen, explorers and slavers – Struggle for eastern trade – English plantations – Rival empires in America – Old colonial system – trade and dominion in the east – Slavery and the war for trade – The Bounds of Christendom 1715

Thirty Years’ War, ed. – 17th Century European History

Rabb, Theodore K.
1972 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The German catastrophe / Gustav Freytag — Religion and politics / Anton Gindely — The Marxist view: economic causation / Franz Mehring — The futile and meaningless war / C.V. Wedgwood — The war as a dividing point between medieval and modern times / Georges Pages — The not so destructive, no so religious, and not primarily German war / S.H. Steinberg — The religious motive reaffirmed / Carl J. Friedrich — Social and economic change and the European-wide war / J.V. Polisensky — The economic effects of the war reviewed / Theodore K. Rabb — The turning-point in Czech history / Josef Pekar — Statements of intent / Gustavus Adolphus and Axel Oxenstierna — The statesman of “realpolitik” / Gustav Droysen — The Christian gentleman / C.R.L. Fletcher — The cause of Protestantism and freedom of conscience / Nils Ahnlund — The practical statesman / Michael Roberts — Motivation and aims / Albrecht von Wallenstein — The egoistic but idealistic seeker of peace / Leopold von Ranke — The cowardly and megalomaniac traitor / Josef Pekar — The tortured idealist / Heinrich Ritter von Srbik — Political testament / Cardinal Richelieu — The lust for power and money / Aldous Huxley — A policy of justice, necessity, and tradition / Louis Batiffol — The overburdened statesman driven by events / V.L. Tapie

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Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History – History PDF

Rawley, James A.
1981 Dewey Dec. 940.2

“The transatlantic slave trade played a major role in the development of the modern world. It both gave birth to and resulted from the shift from feudalism into the European Commercial Revolution. James A. Rawley fills a scholarly gap in the historical discussion of the slave trade from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century by providing one volume covering the economics, demography, epidemiology, and politics of the trade.” -Publisher
The early years of the slave trade — The Portuguese pioneers — Spain and the slave trade — The Dutch and the Danes — France: the early years — France in the eighteenth century — England gains ascendancy — Bristol — Liverpool — London and the eighteenth-century slave trade — The economics of the slave trade — The middle passage — Americans enter the slave trade — The American dimensions and the Massachusetts contribution — Rhode Island — The American slave market.

Foundations of Early Modern Europe, 1460-1559 – History PDF

Rice, Eugene F.
1994 Dewey Dec. 940.2

“This synthesis of Europe’s Renaissance and Reformation periods thematically traces the transition from the medieval to the modern. The major themes of the book include technological breakthroughs and their social and economic consequences, the connections between the discovery of new lands and the recovery of ancient learning, Europe’s economic expansion, humanist culture, the formation of the early modern state, and reform and revolution in the Church.” – Publisher
Science, technology, and discovery — The economic expansion of Europe — Renaissance society and humanist culture — The formation of the early modern state — Revolution and reformation in the church : the problem of authority — Revolution and reformation in the church : the problem of conversion.

Lectures on European History – 17th Century European History

Stubbs, William
1904 Dewey Dec. 940.2

More than Lectures delivered between 1860 and 1870 at Oxford University by a constitutional historian on the political and military history of the Reformation and on the Thirty Years’ War.
Themes: The Emperor Charles V.- The political history of Europe from the resignation of Charles V.- The political history of Europe during the Thirty Years’ war.- Survey of the reigns of Louis XIII and Philip IV.- The Peace of Westphalia

Religion And The Rise Of Capitalism – 17th Century European History

Tawney, R.H.
1926 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The author investigates the way religion has moulded social and economic practice. He tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace.
Medieval Background – Continental Reformers – Church of England – Puritan Movement

Religion and the Decline of Magic – History PDF

Studies in popular beliefs in sixteenth and seventeenth century England

Thomas, Keith
1971 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Witchcraft, astrology, divination, and every kind of popular magic flourished in England during the 16th and 17th centuries. Keith Thomas’s classic analysis of beliefs held on every level of English society begins with the collapse of the medieval Church and ends with the changing intellectual atmosphere around 1700, when science and rationalism began to challenge the older systems of belief.
Prologue : 1. The Environment — Religion : — 2. The Magic of the Medieval Church — 3. The Impact of the Reformation — 4. Providence — 5. Prayer and Prophecy — 6. Religion and the People — Magic : — 7. Magical Healing — 8. Cunning Men and Popular Magic — 9. Magic and Religion — Astrology : — 10. Astrology: its Practice and Extent — 11. Astrology: its Social and Intellectual Role — 12. Astrology and Religion — The appeal to the past : — 13. Ancient Prophecies — Witchcraft : — 14. Witchcraft in England: the Crime and its History — 15. Witchcraft and Religion — 16. The Making of a Witch — 17. Witchcraft and its Social Environment — 18. Witchcraft: Decline — Allied beliefs : — 19. Ghosts and Fairies — 20. Times and Omens — Conclusion : — 21. Some Interconnections — 22. The Decline of Magic.

Atlas of the World in the Age of Discovery, 1453-1763 – Early Modern European History

Townson, Duncan et al.
1981 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Century of Genius: European Thought 1600-1700 – 17th Century European History

Vann, Richart T.
1967 Dewey Dec. 940.2

In Century of Genius: European Thought 1600-1700, Richard T. Vann links selections from the writings of such thinkers as Galileo, Bacon, Hobbes, Pascal, and Newton with interpretative commentary to show how seventeenth-century discoveries in science and mathematics not only changed the way in which men viewed the sun and the fall of apples from a tree, but also influenced forever afterward men’s view of themselves.
The medium and the message — Reason, sense, and science — Descartes’ search for method — Locke and the foundations of empiricism — Law, history, and politics — Hobbes and the science of politics — The rights of man and of merchant — Defenders of the faith — A chronological table

Cambridge Modern History: The Renaissance (vol 1) – Early Modern European History

Ward, A.W. etc., eds.
1901 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The Age Of Discovery – The New World – The Ottoman Conquest – Italy And Her Invaders – Florence (1): Savonarola – Florence (Ii): Machiavelli – Rome And The Temporal Power – Venice – Germany And The Empire – Hungary And The Slavonic Kingdoms – The Catholic Kings – France – The Netherlands – The Early Tudors – Economic Change – The Classical Renaissance – The Christian Renaissance – Catholic Europe – The Eve Of The Reformation. One of 14 volumes

Cambridge Modern History: The Reformation (vol 2) – History of the Reformation Books

Ward, A.W. etc., eds.
1903 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Medicean Rome – Habsburg And Valois (I) – Habsburg And Valois (II) – Luther – National Opposition To Rome In Germany – Social Revolution And Catholic Reaction In Germany – The Conflict Of Creeds And Parties In Germany – Religious War In Germany – The Reformation In France – The Helvetic Reformation – Calvin And The Reformed Church – The Catholic South – Henry VIII – The Reformation Under Edward VI – Philip And Mary – The Anglican Settlement And The Scottish Reformation – The Scandinavian North – The Church And Reform – Tendencies Of European Thought In The Age Of The Reformation. One of 14 volumes

Cambridge Modern History: The Wars of Religion (vol 3) – 17th Century European History

Ward, A.W. etc. , eds.
1909 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The Wars Of Religion In France – French Humanism And Montaigne – The Catholic Reaction, And The Valois And Bathory Elections, In Poland – The Height Of The Ottoman Power – The Empire Under Ferdinand I And Maximilian II – The Revolt Of The Netherlands – William The Silent – Mary Stewart – The Elizabethan Naval War With Spain – The Last Years Of Elizabeth – The Elizabethan Age Of English Literature – Tuscany And Savoy – Rome Under Sixtus V – The End Of The Italian Renaissance – Spain Under Philip II – Spain Under Philip III – Britain Under James I – Ireland To The Settlement Of Ulster – The Dutch Republic – Henry IV Of France – The Empire Under Rudolf II – Political Thought In The Sixteenth Century. One of 14 volumes.

Cambridge Modern History: The Thirty Years’ War (vol 4) – 17th Century European History

Ward, A.W. etc., eds.
1906 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The Outbreak Of The Thirty Years’ War – The Valtelline – The Protestant Collapse – Richelieu – The Vasa In Sweden And Poland – Gustavus Adolphus – Wallenstein And Bernard Of Weimar – The Constitutional Struggle In England – The First Two Years Of The Long Parliament – The First Civil War, 1642-7 – Presbyterians And Independents – The Westminster Assembly – The Later Years Of The Thirty Years’ War (1635-48) – The Peace Of Westphalia – The Commonwealth And The Protectorate – The Navy Of The Commonwealth And The First Dutch War – Scotland From The Accession Of Charles I To The Restoration – Ireland, From The Plantation Of Ulster To The Cromwellian Settlement – Anarchy And The Restoration – The Scandinavian North – Mazarin – Spain And Spanish Italy Under Philip III And IV – Papal Policy, 1590-1648 – Frederick Henry, Prince Of Orange – The Transference Of Colonial Power To The United Provinces And England – The Fantastic School Of English Poetry – Descartes And Cartesianism. One of 14 volumes

Cambridge Modern History: The Age of Louis XIV (vol 5) – 17th Century European History

The Age of Louis XIV

Ward, A.W. etc., eds.
1908 Dewey Dec. 940.2

The Government Of Louis XIV (1661—1715) – The Foreign Policy Of Louis XIV (1661-97) – French Seventeenth Century Literature And Its European Influence – The Gallican Church – The Stewart Restoration – The Literature Of The English Restoration, Including Milton – The Administrations Of John De Witt And William Of Orange (1661-88) – The Anglo-Dutch Wars – The Policy Of Charles II And James II (1667-87) – The Revolution And The Revolution Settlement In Great Britain – Scotland From The Restoration To The Union Of The Parliaments – Ireland From The Restoration To The Act Of Resumption (1660-1700) – Religious Toleration In England – Austria, Poland, And Turkey – The Treaties Of Partition And The Spanish Succession – The War Of The Spanish Succession (1) Campaigns And Negotiations – (2) The Peace Of Utrecht And The Supplementary Pacifications – Party Government Under Queen Anne – Russia (1462-1682) – Peter The Great And His Pupils (1689-1730) – Charles XII And The Great Northern War – The Origins Of The Kingdom Of Prussia – The Great Elector And The First Prussian King – The Colonies And India – European Science In The Seventeenth And Earlier Years Of The Eighteenth Centuries – Latitudinarianism And Pietism. One of 14 volumes

Cambridge Modern History: Atlas (vol 14) – History PDF

Ward, A.W. etc., eds.
1912 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Introduction – Europe in the Fifteenth Century – The Age of Habsburg Power and of the Reformation – The Rise of France and Sweden – The Formation of the Great Powers of the Eighteenth Century – The Age of the Revolution and of Napoleon – Since 1815 – Maps.
Contains 141 maps, to accompany articles in the 13-volume Cambridge Modern History, ed. by A.W. Ward etc.

Counter-Reformation – Early Modern European History

Ward, Adolphus William
1889 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Volume in the series “Epochs of Church History”.
Introductory – Beginnings of the Catholic Revival – Council of Trent – Counter-Reformation at its Height – The Religious Conflict Merged in the Great War.
“The Counter-Reformation (Latin: Contrareformatio), also called the Catholic Reformation (Latin: Reformatio Catholica) or the Catholic Revival, was the period of Catholic resurgence initiated in response to the Protestant Reformation, beginning with the Council of Trent (1545–1563) and ending at the close of the Thirty Years’ War (1648). Initiated to preserve the power, influence and material wealth enjoyed by the Catholic Church and to present a theological and material challenge to Reformation, the Counter-Reformation was a comprehensive effort composed of five major elements: – Defense of Catholic sacramental practice; Ecclesiastical or structural reconfiguration; Religious orders; Spiritual movements; Political dimensions.” – Wikipedia

Protestant Ethic And The Spirit of Capitalism – Early Modern European History

Weber, Max
1930 Dewey Dec. 940.2

“A brilliant book which studies the psychological conditions which made possible the development of capitalist civilization. The book analyzes the connection between the spread of Calvinism and a new attitude toward the pursuit of wealth in post-Reformation Europe and England, and attitude which permitted, encouraged–even sanctified–the human quest for prosperity.” – Publisher
Part 1. The problem. Religious affiliation and social stratification ; The spirit of capitalism ; Luther’s conception of the calling: task of the investigation — Part 2. The practical ethics of the ascetic branches of Protestantism. The religious foundations of worldly asceticism: A. Calvinism, B. Pietism, C. Methodism, D. The Baptist sects ; Asceticism and the spirit of capitalism.

Literary Source-book of the Renaissance – History PDF

Whitcomb, Merrick
1903 Dewey Dec. 940.2

Collection of sources in translation illustrating the literary and intellectual side of the Italian and German Renaissance. Excellent introduction to the German Renaissance.

Nearly all the books on this page were recommended by the American Historical Association, in the: Guide to Historical Literature (1st edition), edited by George M. Dutcher et al. (1936),
or in the:

Guide to Historical Literature (3rd edition) 2 vols. edited by Mary Beth Norton and Pamela Gerardi (1995) Volume 1 Volume 2

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