This book opens at the climax of the Renaissance and the dawning of a new age. Challenges to the old social order - especially the Reformation - and the growing power of the individual states opened the way for sustained expansion, but also led to splits across Europe and incessant war. These powerful and vast themes are the subject of this impressive survey.
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Cover copy - Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789 - H G Koenigsberger
¿To compress three dramatic centuries into little more than 300 pages is a formidable undertaking, but Professor Koenigsberger has accomplished it with enviable skill and professionalism.¿
Christopher F Black, History
Since its publication in 1987 early Modern Europe (1500 - 1789) has become a bestselling, well-loved classic. Opening at the climax of the Renaissance - when an educated, city-based laity began to bring their special demands and sensibilities to bear on earlier traditions the book chronicles the dawning of a new age on the continent.
Combining the freshness of an interpretive essay with the breadth of wide-ranging historical synthesis, Koenigsberger paints a detailed picture of the Reformation and its significance as increasingly powerful nations began to intrude on their subjects¿ public and private lives. The text ends with a discussion of the conflicts between personal freedom and the rights of authority that shattered forever the old European order.
Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789 was originally published as the central volume in the bestselling illustrated Series, ¿A History of Europe¿, edited by H G Koenigsberger and Asa Briggs, charting Europe¿s history from the collapse of the Roman Empire to modern times.
¿In an age of specialists, only an historian of exceptional courage and learning would attempt to scan fourteen centuries of European history in two relatively brief volumes and expect to emerge with his reputation intact. Professor Koenigsberger is such an historian.¿
Howell A Lloyd, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
H G Koenigsberger was, from 1973 until his retirement in 1984, Professor of History at King¿s College, University of London, having held chairs of Modern History at the University of Nottingham and, from 1966 to 1973, Early Modern History at Cornell University. He has published widely, including another volume in the Silver Library, Europe in the Sixteenth Century, written in its bestselling second edition with George L Mosse and G Q Bowler. Professor Koenigsberger is Fellow and former Vice Prseident of the Royal Historical Society, as well as a member of a number of distinguished European scholarly associations. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has received an Economienda from the King of Spain in the Order of Isabel la Catholica.
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As part of Longman¿s 275th Anniversary - a landmark in publishing history - we are launching an exciting collection of classic books.
The Silver Library celebrates the very best in history writing published by Longman. This selection of seminal and best-selling works by world renowned authorities will become the essential collection.
Titles in the Silver Library are:
The Pursuit of History, Third Edition
Bernard W Anderson
The Living World of the Old Testament, Fourth Edition
R H C Davis
A History of Medieval Europe, Second Edition
H G Koenigsberger, George L Mosse, G Q Bowler
Europe in the Sixteenth Century, Second Edition
The Stuart Age 1603 - 1714, Second Edition
H G Koenigsberger
Early Modern Europe 1500 - 1789
The Age of Improvement 1783 - 1867, Second Edition
M S Anderson
The Ascendancy of Europe 1815 - 1914, Second Edition
The Origins of the First World War, Second Edition
J M Roberts
Europe 1880 - 1945, Second Edition
Europe Between the Wars
World Politics Since 1945, Seventh Edition
' To compress three dramatic centuries into little more than 300 pages is a formidable undertaking, but Professor Koenigsberger has accomplished it with enviable skill and professionalism.' History
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