An introduction to the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. The text stresses the confrontation and conflict underlying government during the period and the impact of Europeans upon the non-European world. A clearly written, lively text for majors. Birn's exceptionally well-written narrative covers the century and a half that preceded the French Revolution. The first section, "An Age of Crisis and Discovery (1648-1715)," treats the period between the Peace of Westphalia and the death of Louis XIV as a time of political experimentation, colonial exploitation, hardening social lines, economic regression, and scientific advance. The second section covers the period known retrospectively as the "Ancien Régime" (1715-1789). Eighteenth-century politics are viewed as replete with confrontation and conflict; and a broadened view of the Enlightenment emphasizes the significance of print culture, while also introducing the reader to sites of sociability such as academies, salons, Masonic lodges, and coffeehouses.
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Book Description Harcourt College Pub, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110030533287
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Book Description Harcourt College Pub, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2 Sub. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030533287