From Plague to Revolution: Early Modern Europe
Tumultuous transformations marked the end of the Middle Ages in Europe. We examine the period that began with the Black Death, and led to the Renaissance, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the New World discoveries, scientific thought, and, finally, the French Revolution. Themes include witchcraft; sexuality, gender, and everyday life; women and religion; heresy and the Inquisition; and European encounters with the New World and Islam. Additional topics: the emergence of print; attitudes toward the poor and poverty; politics and the papacy; peasant revolt and religious change; and new consumer products such as coffee and sugar.