This team-taught survey module examines major themes in the political, religious, cultural, economic and social history of early modern Europe as well as paying attention to Europe’s encounter with non-European societies. It concentrates on several key aspects of the period: social and economic structures and changes; the Protestant and Catholic Reformations and their consequences; changes in elite and popular culture, including the print and scientific 'revolutions'; European contacts with Asia and the Americas; problems of governance; and the development of ‘absolutism’. Particular national developments are examined, but these are placed in a broad and comparative context.
This module is designed to provide a broad survey of European developments in the early modern period, extending the survey taken in Year 1 on ‘The Making of the Modern World’. It complements the department’s early modern options (which often focus on aspects of political, social, religious and cultural history in particular regional settings) by providing an overview of structures of European society in the early modern period.
This 30 CATS module is a core module for second-year single-honours History students. It may also be taken as an option by joint degree students, visiting students, and students from other departments.