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The Evil Necessity
The Evil Necessity

British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Brunsman, Denver

A fundamental component of Britain’s early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat—it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were...


Mad for God
Mad for God

Bartolome Sanchez, the Secret Messiah of Cardenete

Nalle, Sara Tilghman

Convinced he was the Elijah Messiah, the Spanish peasant Bartolomé Sánchez believed that God had sent him in divine retribution for the crimes committed by the Inquisition and...


Domesticating the Empire
Domesticating the Empire

Race, Gender, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism

Clancy-Smith, Julia, Gouda, Frances

In Domesticating the Empire, Julia Clancy-Smith and Frances Gouda bring together twelve essays- most of them original- that probe issues of gender, race, and power in the...


Shaman of Oberstdorf
Shaman of Oberstdorf

Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the Phantoms of the Night

Behringer, Wolfgang

Shaman of Oberstdorf tells the fascinating story of a sixteenth-century mountain village caught in a panic of its own making. Four hundred years ago the Bavarian alpine...


The Three Ages of the Italian Renaissance
Lopez, Robert S.

Mr. Lopez reinterprets the civilization of the High Renaissance in Italy as a dramatic succession of three ages: Youth, 1454-1494; Maturity, 1494-1527; Decline, 1527-1559. In...


The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic
The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic

Images of Hostility from Dante to Tasso

Moudarres, Andrea

In The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic, Andrea Moudarres examines influential works from the literary canon of the Italian Renaissance, arguing that hostility...


Lost Worlds
Lost Worlds

How Our European Ancestors Coped with Everyday Life and Why Life Is So Hard Today

Imhof, Arthur E.

Publication of Lost Worlds introduces to English-speaking readers one of the most original and engaging historians in Germany today. Known for his work in historical demography...


The Fuggers of Augsburg
The Fuggers of Augsburg

Pursuing Wealth and Honor in Renaissance Germany

Häberlein, Mark

As the wealthiest German merchant family of the sixteenth century, the Fuggers have attracted wide scholarly attention. In contrast to the other famous merchant family of the...


Advertising the Self in Renaissance France
Advertising the Self in Renaissance France

Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais

Francis, Scott

Advertising the Self in Renaissance France explores how authors and readers are represented in printed editions of three major literary figures: Jean Lemaire de Belges...


If the King Only Knew
If the King Only Knew

Seditious Speech in the Reign of Louis XV

Graham, Lisa Jane

In May 1758, a bailiff named Jean Moriceau de La Motte was arrested for carrying seditious flyers and uttering mauvais discours against Louis XV. When he was questioned at the...


Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal
Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal

A New View of German History

Blickle, Peter

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal is a concise book, brimming with smart ideas and important, little-known information. It lays to rest the notion that ordinary people...


The Witch in the Western Imagination
The Witch in the Western Imagination
Roper, Lyndal

In an exciting new approach to witchcraft studies, The Witch in the Western Imagination examines the visual representation of witches in early modern Europe. With...


Ending the French Revolution
Ending the French Revolution

Violence, Justice, and Repression from the Terror to Napoleon

Brown, Howard G.

"Filled with critical insights, Brown’s revisionist study utilizes an impressive array of archival sources, some only recently cataloged, to support his thesis that the French...


Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials
Cautio Criminalis, or a Book on Witch Trials
Spee, Friedrich

In 1631, at the epicenter of the worst excesses of the European witch-hunts, Friedrich Spee, a Jesuit priest, published the Cautio Criminalis, a book speaking out against the...


Re-Imagining Ireland
Re-Imagining Ireland

How a storied island is transforming its politics, economics, religious life, and culture for the 21st century

Wyndham, Andrew Higgins

Over the past decade the historically strife-ridden and impoverished nation of Ireland has emerged as one of the economic and social miracles of Europe. A booming software-...


Hometown Religion
Hometown Religion

Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia

Luebke, David M.

The pluralization of Christian religion was the defining fact of cultural life in sixteenth-century Europe. Everywhere they took root, ideas of evangelical reform disturbed the...


Witchcraft and the Papacy
Witchcraft and the Papacy

An Account Drawing on the Formerly Secret Records of the Roman Inquisition

Decker, Rainer

When Rainer Decker was researching a sensational seventeenth-century German witchcraft trial, he discovered, much to his surprise, that in this case the papacy functioned as a...


Recollections
Recollections

The French Revolution of 1848 and Its Aftermath

Tocqueville, Alexis de, Zunz, Olivier

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Souvenirs was his extraordinarily lucid and trenchant analysis of the 1848 revolution in France. Despite its bravura passages and stylistic...


Four Fools in the Age of Reason
Four Fools in the Age of Reason

Laughter, Cruelty, and Power in Early Modern Germany

Outram, Dorinda

Unveiling the nearly lost world of the court fools of eighteenth-century Germany, Dorinda Outram shows that laughter was an essential instrument of power. Whether jovial or...


The Tactics of Toleration

A Refugee Community in the Age of Religious Wars

Spohnholz, Jesse

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The Executioner's Journal
The Executioner's Journal

Meister Frantz Schmidt of the Imperial City of Nuremberg

During a career lasting nearly half a century, Meister Frantz Schmidt (1554-1634) personally put to death 392 individuals and tortured, flogged, or disfigured hundreds more....


The Devil's Art
The Devil's Art

Divination and Discipline in Early Modern Germany

Coy, Jason P.

In early modern Germany, soothsayers known as wise women and men roamed the countryside. Fixtures of village life, they identified thieves and witches, read palms, and cast...


Enlightenment Underground
Enlightenment Underground

Radical Germany, 1680-1720

Mulsow, Martin

Online supplement, "Mulsow: Additions to Notes drawn from the 2002 edition of Moderne aus dem Untergrund": full versions of nearly 300 notes that were...


In the Red and in the Black
In the Red and in the Black

Debt, Dishonor, and the Law in France between Revolutions

Vause, Erika

"The most dishonorable act that can dishonor a man." Such is Félix Grandet’s unsparing view of bankruptcy, adding that even a highway robber—who at least "risks his own life in...


Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany
Crime and Culture in Early Modern Germany
Wiltenburg, Joy

With the growth of printing in early modern Germany, crime quickly became a subject of wide public discourse. Sensational crime reports, often featuring multiple murders within...


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