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.


LFC said...

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
bibliographies in:

Daniel Nexon, The Struggle for Power in Early Modern Europe
(Princeton UP)

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

J. Otto Pohl said...


Thanks a lot for the list. I will try and see if the Balme Library has any of these sources.