4th Edition

The European World 1500–1800 An Introduction to Early Modern History

Edited By Beat Kümin Copyright 2023
    518 Pages 79 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    518 Pages 79 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The European World 1500–1800 provides a concise and authoritative textbook for the centuries between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. It presents early modern Europe not as a mere transition phase, but a dynamic period worth studying in its own right.

    Written by an experienced team of specialists, and derived from a successful undergraduate course, it offers a student-friendly introduction to all major themes and processes of early modern history. This fully updated fourth edition is structured in six parts – Starting Points, Society and Economy, Religion, The Wider World, Culture, Politics – and includes two new chapters on the Environment and Food and Drink Cultures.

    Specially designed to assist learning, The European World 1500–1800 features:

    • expert surveys of key topics written by an international group of historians
    • suggestions for seminar discussion and further reading
    • extracts from primary sources and generous illustrations, including maps
    • a glossary of key terms and concepts
    • a full index of persons, places and subjects
    • and a companion website, offering colour images, direct access to primary materials, and interactive features which highlight key events and locations discussed in the volume.

    The European World 1500–1800 is essential reading for all students embarking on the discovery of the early modern period.

    For support with the early modern historiographical debates see the partnering volume Interpreting Early Modern Europe edited by C. Scott Dixon and Beat Kümin.- https://www.routledge.com/Interpreting-Early-Modern-Europe/Dixon-Kumin/p/book/9781138799011.  

    Part I: Starting Points

    1 Introduction

    Beat Kümin

    2 Europe in 1500

    Humfrey Butters

    Part II: Society and Economy

    3 Environments

    John Morgan

    4 Gender and Family

    Bernard Capp

    5 Rural Society

    Steve Hindle

    6 Urban Society

    Penny Roberts

    7 Marginals and Deviants

    Penny Roberts

    8 Sickness and Health

    Claudia Stein

    9 The Early Modern Economy

    Steve Hindle


    Part III: Religion

    10 Church and People at the Close of the Middle Ages

    Beat Kümin and Peter Marshall

    Prelude: The Long Reformation

    11 The Long Reformation: Lutheran

    Henry J. Cohn

    12 The Long Reformation: Reformed

    Penny Roberts

    13 The Long Reformation: Catholic

    Anne Gerritsen, Kevin Gould and Peter Marshall

    14 Religious Culture in Early Modern Europe

    Peter Marshall

    15 Jews and Muslims

    Henry J. Cohn

    Part IV: The Wider World

    16 Beyond Europe c. 1500

    Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane

    17 European Relations with the Ottoman World

    James E. Baldwin

    18 Expanding Horizons

    Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane

    19 Europe Overseas

    Anthony McFarlane

    20 The Global Exchange of Goods

    Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello

    21 Europe and the World, c. 1800

    Anne Gerritsen and Anthony McFarlane

    Part V: Culture

    22 The Renaissance

    Humfrey Butters

    23 Arts and Society

    Luca Molà

    24 From Pen to Print – a Revolution in Communications?

    Angela McShane and Mark Knights 

    25 Food and Drink Cultures

    Rebecca Earle and Beat Kümin

    26 Popular Culture(s)

    Bernard Capp

    27 Witchcraft and Magic

    Penny Roberts

    28 The Scientific Revolution

    Claudia Stein

    29 Enlightenment

    Colin Jones

    Part VI: Politics

    A) Surveys

    30 The Theory and Practice of Politics and Government, 1500–1800

    Humfrey Butters

    31 Dynastic Politics, Religious Conflict and Reason of State c.1500–1650

    Humfrey Butters and Henry J. Cohn

    32 European Politics from the Peace of Westphalia to the French Revolution c.1650–1800

    Colin Jones and Mark Knights

    B) Themes

    33 Courts and Centres

    Stéphane van Damme and Janet Dickinson

    34 Centre and Periphery

    Steve Hindle and Beat Kümin

    35 The Impact of War

    Jonathan Davies

    36 Riot and Rebellion

    Bernard Capp

    37 Revolution: England and France

    Bernard Capp and Colin Jones


    38 Europe in 1800

    Humfrey Butters


    Beat Kümin is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Warwick, UK. His previous publications include Drinking Matters: Public Houses and Social Exchange in Early Modern Central Europe (2007) and Imperial Villages: Cultures of Political Freedom in the German Lands​​ (2019). He has also - with C. Scott Dixon - co-edited the partnering volume Interpreting Early Modern Europe (2019), which supports students with surveys of key debates in early modern historiography.

    'This is one of the only textbooks to portray the early modern period as a distinctive era in its own right and to fully explore its richness and diversity. The European World provides an authoritative survey of the period's characteristic developments, an overview of the latest scholarly perspectives and an original selection of easily accessible source fragments.'

    Bart Lambert, University of York, UK

    ‘An informative, synthetic account of the major themes in early modern European history. The authors introduce readers to an array of "histories" (social, economic, religious, etc.) which they may not have encountered before and encourage further specialised reading . . . the illustrative examples are useful and pertinent.’
    Stephen Bowd, University of Edinburgh

    ‘This impressive textbook provides a firm basis for any further student research. Easy to read, it delivers in-depth considerations of the most important developments of the European early modern period.’
    Renate Dürr, University of Tübingen

    ‘Didactically, it is all brilliantly executed, especially compared to some German textbooks and it is easy to read, without being simplistic.’
    Wolfgang Reinhard, Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung

    ‘One of the best introductions to this period I have seen.'
    Retha Warnicke, Arizona State University

    'A student-friendly text, well written by excellent scholars who make the reader want to turn the page. The European World, 1500-1800, contains analytical chapters on a variety of both traditional and recent historical topics while excelling in comparative descriptions of life throughout Europe, between different centuries, and between Europe and the wider world.'
    Richard M. Golden, University of North Texas

    This is a well-organized, thoughtful and thought-provoking survey of a seminal period in the history of Europe. It draws upon current scholarship to provide a useful overview the major themes of early modern European history. Its thematic approach is especially helpful in getting students to think about the past in new and fruitful ways.
    Christine Kooi, Louisiana State University.