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Violence in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800 (New Approaches to European History) Paperback – October 29, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521598941 ISBN-10: 052159894X Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: New Approaches to European History (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (October 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052159894X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521598941
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...well written, clearly organized and laced with engaging evidence makes it an even more welcome contribution to the growing field of violence studies. Ruff's methodology is informed by cutting-edge concerns while giving well-established classics due credit and/or criticism. The result is a clear distillation of decades of detailed research and scholarly debate...This is an excellent achievement and a valuable addition to the field of violence history: it will be a useful summary and reference for specialists and a clear introduction to students or general readers interested in the topic of violence." Journal of Social History

"[This] theoretical and historical tapestry...designed to be accessible to readers at the undergraduate level, effectively sums up key issues that need to be considered by all students of history...Ruff is strong in his vivid and well-documented analysis...[this book] promises to be a valuable resource." Comitatus

"Julius R. Ruff's book is a solid addition to Cambridge University Press's New Approaches to European History series.... the book is both an excellent comparative introduction to a significant area of early modern cultural and historical studies and a useful reference work for those already familiar with the scholarship in the area." Renaissance and Reformation

"Ruff constructs a wide-ranging, clearly-argued, and well-written analysis of how violence functioned [...]an engaging text that should be considered for use in courses on early modern social and cultural history and recommended for those wanting a thorough introduction to the topic." H-FRANCE

Book Description

A broad-ranging survey of violence in western Europe from the Reformation to the French Revolution. Julius Ruff summarises a huge body of research and provides readers with a clear, accessible, and engaging introduction to the topic of violence in early modern Europe. Ruff examines the role of the emerging state in controlling violence; the roots and forms of interpersonal violence; violence and its impact on women; infanticide; and rioting. His book will be of great value to students of European history, criminal justice sciences, and anthropology.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By César González Rouco on February 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Perhaps History nowadays insists so much in reproducing the economical aspects of past societies that it becomes sometimes rather an abstract overview of life, as if everything depended on the play of the impersonal forces of supply and demand. In this case, the author provides us with a refreshing approach to a somewhat not enough studied phenomenon, that of violence, leading us to abandon the idyllic idea that �any past time was better�. With this well documented book he reconstructs some of the least attractive aspects of our ancestors� life, i.e., those related to violence of common life. His goal is to asses the nature and extent of violence in early modern times in Western Europe (basically, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Low Countries, Scandinavia and Spain), to examine its causes and to weigh the reason for its generally decreasing incidence until the 20th century. The period covered (1500 to 1800) has been chosen because of two reasons: 1) to identify slow, but real evolution in the violence of Europeans, individually and collectively, over three centuries; and, 2) �more important, however, our period encompasses an era of extraordinary changes in Western Europe. Social and economic historians have now come to understand that many of these changes had profound impacts on violent behavior and state responses to it, which we will gauge in this book �. I have rated this book four starts. Considering its content, I think it should be five; considering its readability, three.
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