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The Age of Religious Wars, 1559-1689 (The Norton History of Modern Europe #2)

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Beginning with Seamus Heaney's brilliant new translation of Beowulf, and continuing through ten centuries of remarkable literature to the contemporary works of Derek Walcott, J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie, the new Major Authors edition is a library between two covers—an indispensable addition to the family bookshelf.

Unknown Binding, 244 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Rindis
Jul 11, 2009 Rindis rated it liked it
Part of the Norton History of Modern Europe series, this is a good introductory history of a fairly turbulent period written in 1970. I’ll note that the series was apparently reorganized later, as there is a 1979 version of the book that runs to 1715 instead of 1689.

The book starts with the end of international conflict, and runs through the internal crises that beset most of Europe in the later sixteenth century. In so doing, it lays some groundwork that would have helped me with parts of Braud
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Alex
Feb 19, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting re-read, having been required background reading in college. A very accessible primer on some of the dynamics shaping history and culture in early modern Europe, with particular focus on confessional conflicts and their political ramifications.
Rick
Jun 29, 2015 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of torn in my ranking between a 3 and a 4, a 3.5 would be most appropriate. It's well written and is a good survey-type of history of 16th and 17th century Europe. This is the kind of book that will interest more or less only those who are inclined toward history in the first place, but I would say that it's quite readable considering the genre. The author is a bit overly obsessed with the France/England dynamic, and indeed devotes an entire chapter to these two growing empires. My pe ...more
Alexandra Bartkoske
Jul 12, 2014 Alexandra Bartkoske rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Alexandra by: My teacher
I had to read this book for an AP Euro summer assignment, and I can honestly say that this is by far the most boring book I have ever read. Don't get me wrong, I love history, but The Age of Religious Wars by Dunn was too lengthy and unnecessarily wordy. I was able to get a fairly detailed summary written in about three or four pages. The book also did not go chronologically, which made the book even more of a pain to read. There were countless errors in grammar throughout the book. It was much ...more
Timothy
Good again, although I preferred the previous volume's balance among different types of history. This one put a heavier emphasis on political developments and seemed to address social and intellectual developments as an afterthought. One welcome addition was more attention to eastern Europe.
Robert
Jul 07, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading history this summer. It started with the Tudors. I decided to read about the religious wars that started with the Reformation. Fascinating period of time.
Amy Edwards
Good spine book for the study of European history in the time period.
Charlie
Great! A little dragged out at the end.
Rob Shurmer
Exceptionally well-written survey. Scholarly and informative without being overly dense. What is lacks, though, is any mention of historiographical argument.
Jennifer
Jul 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Serves its purpose. Would have been better with about 100 pages edited out.
Rachel
This is the sort of three star book that I only rated 3 stars because I have no idea how else to rate it. I've never read a book like this before.
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