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Seminar Group 4

Seminar Tutor: Imogen Peck
Office Hours: Monday 11-12, Friday 12-1

Office: H0.07
Seminar Time and location: Tuesday 10.00-11:00 in H1.04

Week 12 - Conclusions

In this week's class we will reflect on some of this modules main themes and will consider what - if anything - defines the 'early modern' period.

For class please read:

R. Starn, ‘The Early Modern Muddle’, Journal of Early Modern History, 6: 3 (2002)

J.H. Elliott, ‘Revolution and Continuity in Early Modern Europe’, Past and Present, 42 (1969)

Series of blog posts on the theme of 'Periodisation' on the many-headed monster blog, especially Mark Hailwood, 'In defence of the early modern' (here) and Laura Sangha 'what's the best way to chop history into bits' (here).

Week 11 - Enlightenment

Hello and welcome back! As you know Giada has moved on, so I will be taking your seminars for the remainder of the year. Please see above for my contact details; do feel free to email/pop by in office hours if you need me.

In this week's class, we're going to be looking at the role of women in the Enlightenment. The narrative of the Enlightenment can appear, at times, to be an overwhelmingly masculine affair, one which centres on the works of an educated (white, male) elite: or, as Eric Hobsbawn witheringly put it, 'a conspiracy of dead white men in periwigs to provide intellectual foundations for western imperialism'. How far is this an accurate characterisation? How far did the Enlightenment change attitudes towards women, and to what extent did they participate in its discourse? Did women have an Enlightenment?

For class, I would like you to read:

Mary Astell, A serious proposal to the Ladies (1694) - available via the library catalogue and on 'Women Writers Online'

Karen O'Brien, 'The Feminist Critique of Enlightenment', in Martin Fitzpatrick et al (ed), The Enlightenment World (2004) - ebook.

And AT LEAST ONE of the following:

Karen O'Brien, Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth Century Britain (2009) - aval as ebook.

Carla Hesse, The Other Enlightenment (2018) - aval as ebook

Knott and Taylor (ed.), Women, Gender, and Enlightenment (2005) - aval as ebook

Outram, The Enlightenment, ch 6 - aval at B802.O98

Week 10 Scientific Revolution (suggestions)

Primary Source: Galileo's Indictment

L. Daston, and K. Park (eds),The Cambridge History of Science. Vol. 3 Early Modern Science (2006) (ebook)

L. Daston, and F. Vidal, The Moral Authority of Nature (2004)

C. Ginzburg, “High and Low: The Theme of Forbidden Knowledge in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,Past and Present 73 (1976): 28-41

A. Grafton, Defenders of the Text : The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450-1800 (1991) (ebook)

C. Merchant, '"The Violence of Impediments": Francis Bacon and the Origins of Experimentation', Isis 99 no. 4 (2008), pp. 731-760

J. A. Secord, 'Knowledge in Transit', Isis 95 no. 4 (2004), pp. 654-672

Week 9 Renaissance Legacy

Primary Sources: Erasmus' Praise of Folly and Thomas More's Utopia


Week 8 Print

suggested reading:

1-the Eisenstein debate in the Key texts section

2-Knights and McShane, From Pen to Print.

3-Bellingradt, Daniel, "The Early Modern City as a Resonating Box: Media, Public Opinion, and the Urban Space of the Holy Roman Empire, Cologne, and Hamburg ca. 1700" Journal of Early Modern History, 16:3 (2012): 201-240

4-S. Nalle, ‘Literacy and culture in early modern Castile’, Past and Present 125 (1989)

5-M.U. Edwards, Printing, Propaganda, and Martin Luther (1994) (ebook)

Week 7 Absolutism

some suggestions:


C. Holmes, Why was Charles I executed? (2006)



R.J. Knecht, ‘Absolutism in early modern France’, European History Quarterly 27 (1997) (review article)

A. James, The Origins of French Absolutism, 1598-1661 (2006)

J.B. Collins, The State in Early Modern France (2010) (ebook)

D. Bohanan, Crown and nobility in early modern France (2001) (ebook)

Week 5 Race

1- film review Mary Queen of Scots (pay attention on what they say about diversity in the movie)

2-This Guardian review of Miranda Kaufmann's Black Tudors: The Untold Story (2017).

3-here, you can find the link to a 16th century merchant travel accounts. he talks about race in the first 30 pages:

4-read chapter 9: Chaplin, 'Race' in The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800, ed. Armitage and Braddick (ebook)

5- finally, choose 1 article from the reading list








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