a) Rural society
- Were the changes in agrarian society in this period to the advantage of landowners or of peasants?
- Were social relations in the countryside characterised by conflict or co-operation?
- In which ways did peasants 'matter' in early modern Europe?
b) Urban society
- How were early modern towns governed?
- Why did some towns flourish in this period while others stagnated?
- In which ways was 'urban life' fundamentally different from 'rural life' in this period?
**NOTE: Some eresources are accessible only on-campus or via off-campus proxies or the athens service**
- Tom Scott (ed.), The Peasantries of Europe: From the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries (1998).
- C.R. Friedrichs, The Early Modern City, 1450-1750 (1995).
- Henry Kamen, Early Modern European Society (2000), chaps. 4, 6 (ebook).
- David Nicholas, Urban Europe, 1100-1700 (2003).
- Marten Prak (ed.), Early Modern Capitalism: Economic and Social Change in Europe, 1400-1800 (London) (ebook).
- E.A. Wrigley, ‘Urban Growth in Early Modern Europe’, Scottish Economic and Social History 12 (1992) (scanned copy).
a) Rural Society
- W. Abel, Agricultural Fluctuations in Europe (1980), esp. part II
- T. Aston & C. Philpen (eds), The Brenner Debate: Agrarian class structure and economic development in pre-industrial Europe (1986) (ebook).
- P. Blickle, ‘From subsistence to property’, Central European History 25 (1992).
- P. Blickle, The Revolution of 1525: The German Peasants' War from a new Perspective (1981).
- M. Bush, ‘Tenant right and the peasantries of Europe under the old regime’, in his Social Orders and Social Classes in Europe since 1500 (1992).
- “ (ed.), Serfdom and Slavery (1996), esp. chs 13, 15.
- W. Hagen, Ordinary Prussians: Brandenburg Junkers and Villagers, 1500-1840 (2002)
- Tim Harris, The Politics of the Excluded, c. 1500-1850 (2001), esp. ch. 2.
- Colin Jones, ‘Vital signs in rural France’ in The Great Nation: France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2002)
- H. Kamen, ‘The Economic and Social Consequences of the Thirty Years War’, Past and Present (1968)
- P. Kriedte, Peasants, Landlords and Merchant Capitalists 1500-1800 (1983)
- Mark Overton, Agricultural Revolution in England: The Transformation of the Agrarian Economy, 1500-1850 (1996) (ebook).
- T. Robisheaux, ‘Peasant unrest and the moral economy in the German southwest 1560-1620’, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation History 78 (1987) (available as print journal in Library)
- W. Rösener, Peasants in the Middle Ages (1992)
- A. Rowlands, ‘Conditions of Life for the Masses’, in Cameron (ed.), Early Modern Europe (1999).
- T. Ruiz, Spanish Society 1400-1600 (2001)
- T. Scott, ‘Peasant revolts in early modern Germany’, Historical Journal 28 (1985)
- L. Vardi, ‘Imagining the harvest in early modern Europe’, American Historical Review 101 (1996)
- P. Withington, Society in Early Modern England (2010)
b) Urban Society
- W. Beik, Urban Protest in Seventeenth-Century France: The Culture of Retribution (1997)
- P. Benedict, 'Faith, fortune and social structure in 17thC Montpellier', Past & Present 152 (1996)
- P. Benedict (ed.), Cities and Social Change in Early Modern France (1989) (ebook)
- P. Clark & P. Slack (eds), Crisis and Order in English Towns 1500-1700 (1972)
- P. Clark & P. Slack, English Towns in Transition 1500-1700 (1976)
- A. Cowan, ‘Urban Elites in Early Modern Europe: An Endangered Species?’, Historical Research 64 (1991).
- “ , Urban Europe, 1500-1700 (1998)
- “ (ed.), Mediterranean Urban Culture, 1400-1700 (2000)
- J. Ellis, ‘A steady state? Urban society in early modern Europe’, Journal of Urban History 24 (1998) SLC
- J. De Vries, European Urbanization, 1500-1800 (1984)
- J. De Vries, ‘Renaissance cities’, Renaissance Quarterly 42 (1989)
- R. Finlay, ‘Debate: Natural Decrease in Early Modern Cities’, Past and Present 92 (1981) (see also Sharlin article below)
- “ , Urban Politics in Early Modern Europe (2000) (ebook)
- M. Hunt, The middling sort:commerce, gender, and the family in England, 1680-1780 (1996) (ebook)
- Katherine Lynch, Individuals, Families, and Communities in Europe, 1200-1800: The Urban Foundations of Western Society (2003)
- R. Mackenney, The City-State, 1500-1700: Republican Liberty in an Age of Princely Power (1989)
- D. Nicholas, Urban Europe 1100-1700 (2003)
- A. Sharlin, ‘Natural Decrease in Early Modern Cities: A Reconsideration’, Past and Present 79 (1978) (see also Finlay article above).
- E.A. Wrigley, ‘Urban Growth in Early Modern Europe’, Scottish Economic and Social History 12 (1992) (scanned copy)
c) Food and Diet
- Albala, Ken. Eating Right in the Renaissance (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002) (ebook)
- " , Food in Early Modern Europe (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2003)
- " , The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007)
- Brears, Peter C. D., Stuart Cookery: Recipes and History (London: English Heritage, 2004)
- " , Tudor Cookery: Recipes and History (London: English Heritage, 2003)
- David Gentilcore, Food and Health in Early Modern Europe: Diet, Medicine and Society, 1450-1800 (2016) (ebook)
- Beat Kümin (ed.), A Cultural History of Food in the Early Modern Age (Oxford, 2012)
- Laudan, Rachel, Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013) (ebook)
- Montanari, Massimo, The Culture of Food (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994)
- Muldrew, Craig, Food, Energy and the Creation of Industriousness: Work and Material Culture in Agrarian England, 1550-1780 (Cambridge, 2011)
- Spang, Rebecca L., The Invention of the Restaurant: Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000)
- Spary, Emma, Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)
- Strong, Roy, Feast: A History of Grand Eating (London: Pimlico, 2003)
- Thirsk, Joan, Food in Early Modern England: Phases, Fads, Fashions 1500-1760 (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007).
Earls Colne, Essex - records relating to the parish of Earls Colne
- 'Enclosure and Resistance in Oxfordshire: A Tradition of Disorder?' - short essay by S. Hindle
- Maps of Amsterdam - part of searchable 'Historic cities' database
- Dartford 1500-1800
- 'The old Northgate, Chester' - YouTube video of reconstruction, c. 1640
- Historic Food
- Social History Primary Sources (in German)