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Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750


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Focusing on the years between the end of the Thirty Years' War and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, this series seeks to broaden scholarly knowledge of this crucial period that witnessed the solidification of Europe into centralized nation states and created a recognizably modern political map. Bridging the gap between the early modern period of the Reformation and the eighteenth century of colonial expansion and industrial revolution, these years provide a fascinating era of study in which nationalism, political dogma, economic advantage, scientific development, cultural and artistic interests and strategic concerns began to compete with religion as the driving force of European relations and national foreign policies. The period under investigation, the second half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth, corresponds with the decline of Spanish power and the rise of French hegemony that was only to be finally broken following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. This shifting political power base presented opportunities and dangers for many countries, resulting in numerous alliances between formerly hostile nations attempting to consolidate or increase their international influence, or restrain that of a rival. These contests of power were closely bound up with political, cultural and economic issues: particularly the strains of state building, trade competition, religious tension and toleration, accommodating flows of migrants and refugees, the birth pangs of rival absolutist and representative systems of government, radical structures of credit, and new ways in which wider publics interacted with authority. Despite this being a formative period in the formation of the European landscape, there has been relatively little research on it compared to the earlier Reformation, and the later revolutionary eras. By providing a forum that encourages scholars to engage with the forces that were shaping the continent - either in a particular country, or taking a trans-national or comparative approach - it is hoped a greater understanding of this pivotal era will be forthcoming.

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Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, and his World: Restoration Court, Politics and Diplomacy

Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, and his World: Restoration Court, Politics and Diplomacy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robin Eagles, Coleman A Dennehy
July 15, 2020

This book offers the first major reassessment of the life and work of Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, for over a century. Arlington was one of Charles II’s chief ministers and the book charts his early years through to the careers of his descendants, examining his political development as a...

Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500-1815

Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500-1815

1st Edition

J.D. Davies, Alan James, Gijs Rommelse
July 08, 2019

This ground-breaking book provides the first study of naval ideology, defined as the mass of cultural ideas and shared perspectives that, for early modern states and belief systems, justified the creation and use of naval forces. Sixteen scholars examine a wide range of themes over a wide time...

Serving France, Ireland and England: Ruvigny, Earl of Galway, 1648–1720

Serving France, Ireland and England: Ruvigny, Earl of Galway, 1648–1720

1st Edition

Marie M. Léoutre
June 07, 2018

This book assesses the service of Henri de Ruvigny, later earl of Galway, in France until the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685, his central role in transforming Ireland in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution, and his service of the British monarchy as administrator, military commander...

Huguenot Networks, 1560–1780: The Interactions and Impact of a Protestant Minority in Europe

Huguenot Networks, 1560–1780: The Interactions and Impact of a Protestant Minority in Europe

1st Edition

Vivienne Larminie
October 09, 2017

These chapters explore how a religious minority not only gained a toehold in countries of exile, but also wove itself into their political, social, and religious fabric. The way for the refugees’ departure from France was prepared through correspondence and the cultivation of commercial,...

The Anglo-Dutch Favourite: The Career of Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649–1709)

The Anglo-Dutch Favourite: The Career of Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649–1709)

1st Edition

David Onnekink
March 31, 2017

Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649-1709) was the closest confidant of William III and arguably the most important politician in Williamite Britain. Beginning his career in 1664 as page to William of Orange, his fortunes gained momentum with the Prince's rise to power in The...

War, Religion and Service: Huguenot Soldiering, 1685–1713

War, Religion and Service: Huguenot Soldiering, 1685–1713

1st Edition

David Onnekink, Matthew Glozier
March 08, 2017

During the Glorious Revolution of 1688 Huguenot soldiers were at the forefront of William of Orange's army. Their role was an important one and they are, with justification, best remembered for this act among British historians and the public alike. Yet Huguenot soldiering existed long before this...

New Worlds?: Transformations in the Culture of International Relations Around the Peace of Utrecht

New Worlds?: Transformations in the Culture of International Relations Around the Peace of Utrecht

1st Edition

Inken Schmidt-Voges, Ana Crespo Solana
January 09, 2017

The Peace of Utrecht (1713) was perhaps the first political treaty that had a global impact. It not only ended a European-wide conflict, but also led to a cessation of hostilities on the American continent and Indian subcontinent, as well as naval warfare worldwide. More than this, however - as the...

The Third Reign of Louis XIV, c.1682-1715

The Third Reign of Louis XIV, c.1682-1715

1st Edition

Julia Prest, Guy Rowlands
December 01, 2016

The personal rule of Louis XIV, following on from a long period of royal minority and apprenticeship, lasted 54 years from 1661 to 1715. But the second half of this personal rule has, until recently, received significantly less scholarly attention than the 1660s and 1670s. This has obscured some of...

European Contexts for English Republicanism

European Contexts for English Republicanism

1st Edition

Dirk Wiemann, Gaby Mahlberg
September 09, 2016

European Contexts for English Republicanism offers new perspectives on early modern English republicanism through its focus on the Continental reception of and engagement with seventeenth-century English thinkers and political events. Looking both at political ideas and at the people that shaped...

Louis XIV Outside In: Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661-1715

Louis XIV Outside In: Images of the Sun King Beyond France, 1661-1715

1st Edition

Tony Claydon, Charles-Édouard Levillain
March 18, 2016

Louis XIV - the ’Sun King’ - casts a long shadow over the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Yet while he has been the subject of numerous works, much of the scholarship remains firmly rooted within national frameworks and traditions. Thus in France Louis is still chiefly...

Experiencing Exile: Huguenot Refugees in the Dutch Republic, 1680–1700

Experiencing Exile: Huguenot Refugees in the Dutch Republic, 1680–1700

1st Edition

David van der Linden
March 18, 2016

The persecution of the Huguenots in France, followed by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, unleashed one of the largest migration waves of early modern Europe. Focusing on the fate of French Protestants who fled to the Dutch Republic, Experiencing Exile examines how Huguenot refugees...

Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe: Rulers, Aristocrats and the Formation of Identities

Dynastic Identity in Early Modern Europe: Rulers, Aristocrats and the Formation of Identities

1st Edition

Liesbeth Geevers, Mirella Marini
November 28, 2015

Aristocratic dynasties have long been regarded as fundamental to the development of early modern society and government. Yet recent work by political historians has increasingly questioned the dominant role of ruling families in state formation, underlining instead the continued importance and...

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