Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650–1750

Series editor: Tony Claydon, Bangor University, UK, Hugh Dunthorne, Swansea University, UK, Charles-Édouard Levillain, Université de Lille 2, France, Esther Mijers, University of Reading, UK, and David Onnekink, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650–1750

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Books in Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650–1750
  • Focusing on the years between the end of the Thirty Years’ War and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, this series seeks to broaden scholarly knowledge of this crucial period that witnessed the solidification of Europe into centralised nation states and created a recognisably modern political map. Bridging the gap between the early modern period of the Reformation and the eighteenth century of colonial expansion and industrial revolution, these years provide a fascinating era of study in which nationalism, political dogma, economic advantage, scientific development, cultural interests and strategic concerns began to compete with religion as the driving force of European relations and national foreign policies.

    The period under investigation, the second half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth, corresponds with the decline of Spanish power and the rise of French hegemony that was only to be finally broken following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. This shifting political power base presented opportunities and dangers for many countries, resulting in numerous alliances between formerly hostile nations attempting to consolidate or increase their international influence, or restrain that of a rival. These contests of power were closely bound up with political, cultural and economic issues: particularly the strains of state building, trade competition, religious tension and toleration, accommodating flows of migrants and refugees, the birth pangs of rival absolutist and representative systems of government, radical structures of credit, and new ways in which wider publics interacted with authority.

    Despite this being a formative period in the formation of the European landscape, there has been relatively little research on it compared to the earlier Reformation, and the later revolutionary, eras. By providing a forum that encourages scholars to engage with the forces that were shaping the continent - either in a particular country, or taking a trans-national or comparative approach - it is hoped a greater understanding of this pivotal era will be forthcoming.
  • For more information on how to submit a book proposal to the series, please contact Tom Gray, at tgray@ashgatepublishing.com.
  • Series Advisory Board:
    Julian Hoppit, University College London, UK
    David W. Hayton, Queen University, Belfast, UK
    Allan I. Macinnes, University of Aberdeen, UK
    Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    Jonathan I. Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
    David Armitage, Harvard University, USA
    Dr Simon Groenveld, Universiteit van Leiden, The Netherlands
    Hans Blom, Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Heinz Duchhardt, Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany
    Olivier Chaline, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
    Lucien Bely, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
    René Vermeir, Universiteit van Gent, Belgium
    Linda Frey, University of Montana, USA
    Marsha Frey, Kansas State University, USA