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New Horizons for Early Modern European Scholarship

Edited by Ann Blair and Nicholas Popper

The study of early modern Europe has long been one of the most dynamic fields in the historical profession. Many of the most creative and influential movements in historical scholarship originated as methods for examining the puzzle of Europe between 1450 and 1750, when the compelling paradoxes and features of the world we now inhabit began to coalesce. The essays in New Horizons in Early Modern Scholarship examine recent developments in historiography both to exhibit the field's continuing vibrancy and to highlight emerging challenges to long-assumed truths.

The book reveals how the histories of knowledge and media illuminate fundamental features of early modern Europe and its place within the larger world and raise demanding questions about them. Essays examine

• when (and why) key ideas and intellectual practices arose, circulated through scholarly culture, and gave way to subsequent forms
• the process and experience of globalization—and Europe's transforming relationship with Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the rest of the world
• how overlooked evidence illuminates vital but obscured people, practices, and objects
• the development of revolutionary historical and scientific sensibilities
• connections between disciplines, types of sources, time periods, and places
• what lessons these new perspectives on early modern Europe furnish for scholars today

Opening up emerging possibilities, this book demonstrates that early modern European scholarship remains a source for groundbreaking historical insights and methodologies that would benefit the study of any time and place. Ranging from the adaptation of Chinese porcelains and the translation of Nahua natural histories to the methods of producing texts and textiles, this book makes rewarding, thought-provoking reading for historians of all stripes.

Contributors: Alexander Bevilacqua, Ann Blair, Daniela Bleichmar, William J. Bulman, Frederic Clark, Anthony Grafton, Jill Kraye, Yuen-Gen Liang, Elizabeth McCahill, Nicholas Popper, Amanda Wunder

About the Authors

Ann Blair (CAMBRIDGE, MA) is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor in the Department of History at Harvard University. She is the author of Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age and the coeditor of Physico-theology: Religion and Science in Europe, 1650–1750. Nicholas Popper (WILLIAMSBURG, VA) is an associate professor of history at the College of William & Mary. He is the author of Walter Ralegh's "History of the World" and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance.

Endorsements

"Offering the reader a wonderful treat, these lively, well-crafted essays speak directly and meaningfully to the volume's central questions: What's new and interesting in the field of early modern European history? Why should readers in the twenty-first century still care deeply about developments prior to 1800? I really love this book."

- Sarah Gwyneth Ross, Boston College, author of Everyday Renaissances: The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy in Venice
Johns Hopkins University Press
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