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The Political Landscape

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Discussion topics and Essay Questions

  • Which states were the significant 'powers' in Europe 1500-1750? What were the interests and objectives of their rulers?
  • What were the driving forces and main instruments of European state formation?
  • To what extent did the powers of the state increase between 1500 and 1750?
  • How did Republican regimes differ from other forms of government?

Documents

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Empires
  • Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, The Turkish Letters (1555-62). Imperial agent's letters on the Ottoman Empire.
'Nation States'
Republics
Empires
'Nation States'
Republics

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Secondary literature

Selected key texts

Further Reading

* see also the secondary literature for 'Absolutism and its Alternatives'

a) Empires

The Habsburg/Holy Roman Empire

The Ottoman Empire

b) 'Nation states'

Early Modern Britain (Tudors and Stuarts)

Early Modern France (Bourbons and Valois)

c) Republics

General reading (Republicanism and the Italian City States)

The Dutch Republic

d) Urban and rural politics

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