Weekly Readings






Assigned Reading

[Interested students, and people who are writing term papers, may also wish to look at some additional Optional reading]

January 23 - 25

Geoffrey Parker, European Society and the Economy
(this is a chapter from Parker’s excellent book Europe in Crisis 1598-1648, Blackwell 2001, which is well worth buying and is available in paperback)

Scott A. Mandia, The Little Ice Age in Europe (very short)

Wolfgang Behringer, Climatic Change and Witch-Hunting: the Impact of the Little Ice Age on Mentalities

Emerson Thomas McMullen, “The origin of Descartes’ mechanical philosophy” (short)

January 30 - February 2

E. Marty and D. F. Wright, Protestantism (very short)

An article on The Reformation (very short)

A very short, important document: The Peace of Augsburg of 1555

Mark. A. Noll, a brief description of Presbyterianism, Presbyterian

Piotr Wilczek, “Catholics and Heretics: some aspects of religious debates in the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth"

John Bossy, The Counter-Reformation and the People of Catholic Europe

February 6-8

The Thirty Years' War, J. V. Polišenský

Gustavus Adolphus(1630-2), A. W. Ward

The Mantuan Succession, 1627-31: A Sovereignty Dispute in Early Modern Europe", David Parrott

A Conflict of Empires: Spain and the Netherlands 1618-1648" J. I. Israel

A very short document on the destruction of Magdeburg in 1631

February 13 - 15

Stanley G. Payne, The Seventeenth-Century Decline
(a good introduction by an eminent emeritus professor of this university.)

The Decline of Spain: A Historical Myth?, Henry Kamen

The Decline of Spain: A Historical Myth?, by J. I. Israel

February 20 - 22

(chapter 4 of the Cambridge Modern History, vol. 4)

Richelieu's Army: a book review (very short)

and a response (also very short)

Brief extracts from Richelieu’s Political Testament 

February 27 - March 1
[Exam 2/27]

The Dutch Republic
[Chapter 19 of vol. 3 of The Cambridge Modern History]

Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange
[Chapter 24 of vol. 4 of The Cambridge Modern History]

"Dutch Diplomacy and the Baltic Grain Trade, 1600-1660," Francis J. Bowman

To the Attentive, Nonpartisan Reader: The Appeal to History and National Identity in the Religious Disputes of the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands, Charles H. Parker

March 6 - 8

Monarchies, Wars, and Estates in England, France, and Spain, c. 1580 - c. 1640, Conrad S. R. Russell

English and European Political Ideas in the Early Seventeenth Century: Revisionism and the Case of Absolutism, Johann P. Sommerville

King James VI & I on The Divine Right of Kings (short)

The Protestation of 1621 (very short)

The Petition of Right (1628) (very short)

The Problem of Unity in the Polish-Lithuanian State Oswald P. Backus III

"Who Was Tsar Dmitrii?", Chester Dunning

Russian Endeavors for the Polish Crown in the Seventeenth Century, Zbigniew Wojcik

March 13 - 15

The Levellers, Agreement of the People (very short)

Women's Petition (very short)

Women's Speaking (very short)

The General Crisis of the 17th Century, H. R. Trevor-Roper

Discussion of H. R. Trevor-Roper: The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century, Roland Mousnier; J. H. Elliott; Lawrence Stone; H. R. Trevor-Roper; E. H. Kossmann; E. J. Hobsbawm; J. H. Hexter.

Cardinal Mazarin and the Great Nobility during the Fronde, Richard Bonney

March 20 - 22

The Government of Louis XIV (1661-1715)
[Chapter 1 of volume 5 of The Cambridge Modern History]

The Place of Jansenism in French History , Wallace K. Ferguson

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685 (very short)

Brief extracts from Bossuet’s Political Treatise

March 27 - 29

The foreign policy of Louis XIV, 1661-97
[chapter 2 of vol. 5 of The Cambridge Modern History]

"Louis XIV and William III, 1689-1697", Mark A. Thomson

SPRING BREAK: March 31 - April 8

April 10 - 12

The Great Elector and the Foundation of the Hohenzollern Despotism, by F. L. Carsten

Peter the Great and his pupils, 1689-1725, R. Nisbet Bain
[Chapter 17 of volume 5 of The Cambridge Modern History]

April 17 - 19
[Exam 4/19]

The Revolution and the Revolution Settlement in Great Britain, H. W. V. Temperley
[Chapter 10 of volume 5 of The Cambridge Modern History]

The English Bill of Rights, 1689 (short)

The Toleration Act, 1689 (short)

April 24 - 26

The 'Military Revolution,' 1560-1660--a Myth?, Geoffrey Parker

Tactical Evolution in the French Army, 1560-1660, John A. Lynn

Short extracts from Hobbes' Leviathan

Short extracts from Locke's Two Treatises

May 1 - 3

Galileo’s Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615,   

The Crime of Galileo
[Very brief. The indictment and abjuration of Galileo, 1633.]

An essay on the Galileo Affair by Paul Newall is in five reasonably short installments:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

May 8 - 10

Isaac Newton: Optics
(brief extracts.)

I.Bernard Cohen, "Newton in the Light of Recent Scholarship"
(discusses Newton’s interests in such things as prophecy and alchemy.)


Women: Witnesses and Witches , Clive Holmes


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