Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sources for Early Modern Europe?
I have to teach a course on Early Modern Europe next semester. Does anybody have any suggestions on sources? In particular I am looking for stuff on 17th and 18th century England and France. I am trying both to brush up on my own knowledge and pick appropriate readings for the syllabus. It is a 300 level class.
Posted by J. Otto Pohl at 6:25 PM
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I'm not a historian but had to learn about late-medieval and (to some extent) early-modern France in connection w my diss.
A few suggestions (not limited to France):
Robin Briggs, Early Modern France 1560-1715
(Oxford, 2d ed, 1998) and refs therein
Euan Cameron, ed., Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (1999)
Geoffrey Parker, Success Is Never Final: Empire, War, and Faith in Early Modern Europe (a collection) (Basic Books, 2002)
J.H. Elliott, Richelieu and Olivares (Cambridge UP, 1984)
on 17th cent England: Mark
Kishlansky's volume in the Penguin hist of England (forget the exact title)
there's of course an enormous lit on the Fr. Rev. that I'm not competent to get into in any detail
on Napoleonic era:
David A. Bell, The First Total War.
An old classic, wh/i have not read: Pieter Geyl, Napoleon For and Against
and might look at the extensive
Daniel Nexon, The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe
Charles Tilly, Coercion, Capital and European States (rev ed.) (Blackwell)
P. Kennedy, Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
first 2 vols of I. Wallerstein, The Modern World-System
T. Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions
Thanks a lot for the list. I will try and see if the Balme Library has any of these sources.
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