Everyday Life in Early Modern Europe - HI6025

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This module covers fundamental transformations taking place in European society between c. 1500 and 1800. It focuses specifically on the everyday experiences of early modern Europeans, and how these changed as a result of, amongst others, global expansion, religious change, urbanisation and economic innovation. Through looking at how these transformations at a macro-level affected the micro-level of European households, this module aims to give insight into the ever-changing lives of Europeans before the onset of 'modernisation' in the 19th century. Themes that will be addressed in the lectures and seminars vary from migration, crime, and poverty, to witchcraft, sexuality and material culture.


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Contact hours

3 hours per week

Preliminary reading

T. Brady, H. Oberman, J. Tracy (eds.), Handbook of European History, 1400-1600 2 vols.(Grand Rapids 1994).
H. Kamen European Society 1500-1700 (London, 1984).
D. Nicholas The Transformation of Europe, 1300-1600 (London, 1999).
M. Wiesner-Hanks, Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789 (Cambridge, 2006).
E. Cameron (ed.), Early modern Europe; an Oxford History (Oxford, 1999).
W. Beik, A Social and Cultural History of Early Modern France (Cambridge, 2009)
R.Scribner & S.Ogilvie (eds.), Germany. A New Social and Economic History, 1450-1800, 2 vols. (London, 1996)
J.H. Elliott, Imperial Spain 1469-1716 (1963).
M. Prak, The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century: The Golden Age (Cambridge, 2005).
S. Kettering French Society 1589-1715 (London, 2001).
J.Casey, Early modern Spain, a social history (London, 1999).
Chr. Black, Early modern Italy, a social history (London, 2001).
K. Wrightson, Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (2000).

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