By John Merriman

ISBN-10: 0393934330

ISBN-13: 9780393934335

A vintage in its box, enjoyed via teachers and scholars for its narrative aptitude, humor, authority, and complete assurance. greater than 100,000 copies sold!

to be had in either one-volume and two-volume paperback variations, A historical past of recent Europe provides a wide ranging survey of contemporary Europe from the Renaissance to the current day. A unmarried writer lends a unified method and constant type all through, with an emphasis at the connections of occasions and other people over time.

The 3rd version, just like the earlier than it, is authoritative and up to date. New to the 3rd version is the subject matter of empire. From the imperial rivalries among France and Spain within the 16th and 17th centuries, throughout the upward push and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial historical past of the 20 th century―decolonization, the unfold of the Soviet empire, and the imperial energy of the United States―the topic of empire is helping scholars locate commonalities one of the occasions of ecu historical past.

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For example, in the Ial£,&fte enth cent ury, an e ntire Balkan village claimed responsibility for the murd er of if^ lord Many villages wei ^L. for dT intents and purposes, virtually self-governing; village councils, for exam-^e, est ablished which c rops would be planted on common land and seL th e date plowing was to begin. Such councils coexisted with seigneurial authority (that of lords). England, for example, consisted of thousands of relatively small rural communities, interspersed with towns and a handful of major cities.

I also want to thank Betsy McCauley and Jerri Cummings in the Department of History at Yale. W. , in remarkably good time, showing me that a long survey could not only be started, but finished. I want to thank Christopher and Lois Johnson, Ted and Joby Mar-gadant, Roberto and Isabel Gonzalez-Echevarria, Bob Schwartz and Marietta Clement, Dick and Cindy Brodhead, Steven Kaplan, Edward Rohrbach, David Bushnell and Karla Klarin, Jeanne Innes and John Innes, Yves and Colette Lequin, Maurice and Marie-Claude Garden, and Victoria Johnson, all good friends who have wondered politely when these two volumes would finally be finished.

For their part, lords adjudicated disputes between vassals. Vassals could join together to oppose a king who failed to meet his obligations; likewise, a king or lord could punish a vassal who neglected his obligations to his lord. Elaborate ceremonies featuring solemn oaths, sworn before God and blessed by churchmen, specified mutual obligations of lord and vassal. " Despite some decline of royal rights throughout the period, and an increase in the power of great lords, there remained a crucial difference between a king and a prince.

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