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Introductory reading and reference works

All titles cited are available from the University Library and those highlighted have direct links to the libarary catalogue page, from which full-text versions can be accessed online. Some Short Locan Collection (SLC) articles are kept in boxes arranged by the name of the author/tutor.

See also the dedicated page on the Library website: Library Resources for History

Textbook Surveys

 NB: Purchase of one of those marked with an * is recommended

* E. Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe: an Oxford History (1999) SLC

M. Greengrass, Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 (2014)

H. G. Koenigsberger, Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (1987) SLC

M. Konnert, Early Modern Europe (2006)

* B. Kümin (ed.), The European World, 1500-1800: An Introduction to Early Modern History (2nd edn, 2014) SLC [companion book to this module written by Warwick historians]

J. Merriman, A History of Modern Europe, Vol. 1: from the Renaissance to the Age of Napoleon (2nd edn, 2004) SLC

D. Nicholas, The Transformation of Europe, 1300-1600 (1999) SLC

J.B. Collins & K. Taylor (eds.), Early modern Europe: issues and interpretations (2004) [a reader of key texts, available as an e-book through the Library]

* M. Wiesner-Hanks, Early modern Europe 1450-1789 (2nd edn, 2014) SLC

General Reference

T. Brady Jr, H. Oberman & J. Tracy (eds.), Handbook of European History, 1400-1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation (2 vols, 1994-5) [available as an e-book]

C. Cook & P. Broadhead, The Routledge Companion to Early Modern Europe 1453-1763 (London, 2006) [successor of: The Longman Handbook of Early Modern Europe (2001)] REF ONLY

J. Dewald (ed.), Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World (London, 2004) [available as an e-book]

L. Sangha and J. Willis, Understanding Early Modern Primary Sources (London: Routledge, 2016) [available as an e-book]


Grosser Historischer Weltatlas [Large Historical Atlas of the World. Part 3: Modern Times], (3rd edn, 1967)

H. Darby & H. Fullard (eds.), The New Cambridge Modern History, Vol.14: Atlas (1970)

C. McEvedy (ed.), The Penguin Atlas of Modern History (to 1815) (1972)

Online resources

For web-based materials such as history subject portals, primary sources, discussion groups, databases of journal articles etc see e-resources.
Particularly useful are:

‘Historical Texts’ []

Internet Archive of Texts and Documents’, maintained by the History Dept at Hanover College []

‘Internet Modern History Sourcebook’, compiled by Paul Halsall at Fordham University []

Mark Harden’s Artchive’, an on-line gallery of 2000 artworks, many from the early modern period []

Historical Abstracts’: searchable database of bibliographical information and abstracts. Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, and history of education []

‘JStor’: full text of articles from selected journals []

Examples of Online Resources