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Woloch, Isser, 1937-
Eighteenth-century Europe, tradition and progress, 1715-1789 / Isser Woloch
1st ed
New York : Norton, c1982
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  CB411 .W64 1982    AVAILABLE
Subject Europe -- Civilization -- 18th century
Europe -- History -- 1648-1789
Europe -- History -- 1789-1815
Subject(s) Enlightenment -- Europe
Subject Europe -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
Physical Description xvii, 364 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-354) and index
Contents Ch. 1. The state : state building in the age of absolutism ; the non-absolutist states -- Ch. 2. International rivalry : relations between states ; absolutism and armies -- Ch. 3. The social order : rural society ; an age of aristocracy ; urban society -- Ch. 4. The dynamic eighteenth century : population growth ; economic growth ; the beginnings of structural change in England -- Ch. 5. Poverty and public order : the struggle against poverty ; crime and punishment -- Ch. 6. The varieties of culture : high and middling culture ; cultural institutions ; popular culture -- Ch. 7. An age of enlightenment : the philosophes ; diffusion and resistance -- Ch. 8. Church and religion : the church as an institution ; religiosity -- Ch. 9. The road to revolution : cracks in the old order ; the crisis of the old regime in France
Summary The three-quarters of a century between 1715 and 1789 are often seen as the last years of Europe's old order. But a dramatic rise in Europe's population, the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Britain, and the unprecedented challenges of the Enlightenment began to shake the foundations of the old regime well before 1789. Drawing on the best contemporary scholarship, especially the innovations of French social history, Isser Woloch paints an unusually rich and detailed portrait of eighteenth-century European life and society. Among the new topic he covers are the family economy of the poor, popular culture and the circulation of books, changing patterns of crime and punishment, and the social history of military and religious institutions
NOTE Gift from Sid Bolkosky, 2012
Series Norton history of modern Europe
Alternate Author Library donation, 2012

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