A Social History of Western Europe, 1450-1720: Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A Social History of Western Europe, 1450-1720

Tensions and Solidarities among Rural People, 1st Edition

By Sheldon J. Watts


284 pages

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This thoroughly readable and stimulating social history of Western Europe, first published in 1984, explores the family, religion and the supernatural, and the social structure and social controls of rural society. This title will be of interest not only to students, but to anyone who is anxious to understand the lives – both internal and external – of rural people in his fascinating period that is so central to everyone’s past.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Maps and Illustrations; Introduction; 1. An Overview 2. The Family, the Passions and Social Controls 3. The Structures of Rural Society 4. Contrasts in Rural Europe 5. The Supernatural and the Rural World 6. The Wider Circles of Sociability; Selected Further Reading; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Rural History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the rural history and provide an examination of related key issues. The volumes examine social change in rural communities approaching the industrial revolution, whilst also providing an overview of the history of rural populations in England, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States. This set will be of particular interest to students of history, business and economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Social History