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The Rise of Modern Paganism
The Rise of Modern Paganism
by Peter Gay
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In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Now a master historian goes back to the sources to give a fully rounded account of its true accomplishments.... (read more)

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The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics)
The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics)
by C V Wedgwood
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Europe in 1618 was divided between Protestants and Catholics, and Bourbon and Hapsburg ? as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless independent states. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the... (read more)

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Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871
Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871
by Adam Zamoyski
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"Entertaining and thought-provoking." (Times Literary Supplement) "Zamoyski skillfully brings together all the strains of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century nationalism, from the American Revolution to the Paris Commune, showing how quasi-religious... (read more)

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The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 (Penguin History of Europe)
The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions That Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815 (Penguin History of Europe)
by Tim Blanning
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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Maddenandrsquo;s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of... (read more)

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The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815
The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815
by Tim Blanning and David Cannadine
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In 1648, Europe was essentially a medieval society. By 1815, it was the powerhouse of the modern world. In exuberant prose, Tim Blanning investigates ?the very hinge of European history? (The New York Times) between the end of the Thirty Y ears? War and... (read more)

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Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830
Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830
by J. H. Elliott
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This epic history compares the empires built by Spain and Britain in the Americas, from Columbus's arrival in the New World to the end of Spanish colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. J. H. Elliott, one of the most distinguished and versatile... (read more)

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Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World
Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World
by James Macgregor Burns
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"With this profound and magnificent book, drawing on his deep reservoir of thought and expertise in the humanities, James MacGregor Burns takes us into the fire's center.  As a 21st-century philosopher, he brings to vivid life the incandescent... (read more)

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Early Modern Europe, 1450 - 1789 (Cambridge History of Europe)
Early Modern Europe, 1450 - 1789 (Cambridge History of Europe)
by Merry Wiesner Hanks
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Accessible, engaging textbook offering an innovative account of people's lives in the early modern period.... (read more)

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Western Intellectual
Western Intellectual
by Jacob Bronowski
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Traces the development of thought through historical movements and periods from 1500 to 1830.... (read more)

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Columbian Exchange Biological
Columbian Exchange Biological
by A W Crosby
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"The best thing about this book is its overarching thesis, the concept of a Columbian exchange. This provocative device permits Crosby to shape a lot of familiar and seemingly unrelated data into a fresh synthesis. . . . The implications of this... (read more)

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European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism
European Encounters with the New World: From Renaissance to Romanticism
by Anthony Pagden
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For more than three centuries after Columbus's voyages to America, Europeans pondered how the Old World's encounters with the New World affected European sensibilities and intellectual horizons. In this book Anthony Pagden examines some of the varied... (read more)

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A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Prosecution
A Trial of Witches: A Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Prosecution
by Gilbert Geis
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A case study of the witchcraft trial of two women in 1662 Lowestoft, England, including a description of the accusers and prosecutors and an analysis of the trial itself, which was cited as a precedent in the Salem witchcraft trials.... (read more)

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1688: a Global History
1688: a Global History
by John E. Wills
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The Shogun of Japan is cracking down on the samurai, and is obsessed with cruelty to dogs (he is known to history as the Dog Shogun). A very young Peter the Great is just about to launch his coup d'etat and transform Russia. In France, the Sun King rules... (read more)

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Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (P.S.)
by James R Gaines
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Johann Sebastian Bach created what may be the most celestial and profound body of music in history; Frederick the Great built the colossus we now know as Germany, and along with it a template for modern warfare. Their fleeting encounter in 1757 signals a... (read more)

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Enlightenment
Enlightenment
by Norman Hampson
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In this book, Norman Hampson follows through certain dominant themes in the Enlightenment, and describes the contemporary social and political climate, in which ideas could travel from the salons of Paris to the court of Catherine the Great - but less... (read more)

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The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution
The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution
by Alex Storozynski
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Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head (when he dared court a woman above his station), he came to America one... (read more)

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The First European Revolution, 1776-1815
The First European Revolution, 1776-1815
by Norman Hampson
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Contents Include: Preface I. The Intellectual Climate II. The Political and Social Environment III. The French Revolution and the European Reaction IV. The Indian Summer of Enlightened Despotism V. The Victory of... (read more)

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The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History)
by Dorinda Outram
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This is the second edition of a unique textbook on the Enlightenment.... (read more)

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The Wheels of Commerce: Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Volume 2
The Wheels of Commerce: Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Volume 2
by Fernand Braudel
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'The intricacy of detail and boldness of hypothesis in this book are indisputable, and if one is to do more than skim it, it demands and repays enormous attention...The lavish illustrations are superbly well chosen. The pictures show the endless variety... (read more)

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1688: A Global History
1688: A Global History
by John E Wills
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John E. Wills's masterful history ushers us into the worlds of 1688, from the suicidal exaltation of Russian Old Believers to the ravishing voice of the haiku poet Bashō. Witness the splendor of the Chinese imperial court as the Kangxi emperor publicly... (read more)

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