This is a fully-revised edition of a well-established synthesis of the period from the Thirty Years War to the consolidation of absolute monarchy and the landowning society of the ancien regime. Thematically organised, the book covers all of Europe, from Britain and Scandinavia to Spain and Eastern Europe. Important new material has been added on the Ottomans, on Christian-Moslem contacts and on the role of women, and the text has been thoroughly updated to take account of recent research.
THOMAS MUNCK is Reader in History at the University of Glasgow, UK. His publications include The Peasantry and the Early Absolute Monarchy in Denmark, 1660-1708 (1979) and The Enlightenment: A Comparative Social History, 1721-1794 (2000), and a range of articles on early modern Denmark, literacy in Europe, and related issues.