For 1st and 2nd year undergraduate courses in Modern European History in departments of history. Also, higher level courses on enlightenment.This book provides a wide-ranging account and discussion of the history of Europe from 1713-1789. As well as political events, problems and institutions, it looks at the economic life of the continent, social structures and problems and intellectual and religious life. It also covers all aspects of Europe's relations with the rest of the world during a key period in European history.
1. Introduction 2. The Sources 3. The Structure of Society 4. Economic Life 5. Government and Administration 6. Monarchs and Despots: Tensions within the State 7. Armies and Navies 8. Diplomacy and International Relations 9. The Expansion of Russia; Poland, the Baltic and the Near East 10. The German States and the Rise of Prussia 11. Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean 12. The Anglo-French Struggle for Empire 13. Europe and the Outside World 14. Education and Cultural Life 15. The Enlightenment and its Competitors 16. Religion and the Churches 17. Conclusion