A concise survey that introduces readers to the people, ideas, and conflicts in European history from the Thirty Years' War to the Napoleonic Era. The authors draw on gender studies, environmental history, anthropology and cultural history to frame the essential argument of the work.

part I|112 pages

ca. 1600–1660

chapter 2|21 pages

The European World in 1600

chapter 3|20 pages

A Society of Localities

chapter 4|20 pages

The Mental Universe

chapter 6|23 pages

Who Should Rule in England?

part II|105 pages

ca. 1660–1720

chapter 7|22 pages

Louis XIV and Absolute Monarchy

chapter 8|20 pages

The Arts in the Age of the Baroque

chapter 10|18 pages

Europe Overseas

chapter 11|17 pages

The Pursuit of Truth

part III|102 pages

ca. 1730–1790

chapter 12|20 pages

Public Sphere and Private Lives

chapter 13|18 pages

Enlightenment: Reason, Nature, and Progress

chapter 14|17 pages

Enlightenment in National Context

chapter 15|18 pages

Enlightened Absolutism

chapter 16|24 pages

A Consumer Society

part IV|72 pages

ca. 1790–1815

chapter 17|20 pages

The Reform of France