Statehood and Governance in the History of the West 100-1700: From Rome to The Age of Reason


Robert Ignatius Letellier, PhD – Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: HIS010020; HIS002020

The subject is historical and cultural, and focuses on the unfolding of the big movements and people that have shaped Western History from Roman times to the late 17th century. It would be informative and exploratory in asking questions, and suitable for all students of history and political philosophy at postgraduate level, as well as for a wider readership.

The history of Western Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire (478 AD) until the end of the 17th century saw a process of discontinuity, deconstruction and loss turn, through the various reengagements and regroupings of the former barbarian invaders, into increasingly self-defined and viable national groupings. Over the centuries of the Dark Ages and early medieval period, these would consolidate further into ever-more closely defined nation states. The Renaissance, Reformation and Age of Discovery carried the process further and through colonialism and mercantilism saw the restitution of concepts of empire spread globally.

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Part 1. Europe 100-1400

Chapter 1. The Roman Empire

Chapter 2. Diocletian (284-305)

Chapter 3. The Reign of Constantine (305-337)

Chapter 4. The Fourth Century in General (330-410)

Chapter 5. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Chapter 6. The Dark Ages

Chapter 7. The Barbarian West

Chapter 8. Frankland

Chapter 9. Ostrogothic Italy (493-596)

Chapter 10. Byzantium

Chapter 11. The Church

Chapter 12. The Rise of Islam

Chapter 13. Charlemagne

Chapter 14. The Vikings

Chapter 15. The Holy Roman Empire

Chapter 16. The Eleventh Century

Chapter 17. The Investiture Conflict (1075-1122)

Chapter 18. France

Chapter 19. The Twelfth-Century Renaissance

Chapter 20. The Magna Carta

Chapter 21. The Medieval Universities

Chapter 22. The Medieval Church

Chapter 23. The Decline and Failures of the Medieval Church

Chapter 24. The Medieval Empire


Part 2. Europe 1500-1700


Chapter 25. The Beginnings and Growth of Nationalism in France

Chapter 26. The Rise of the Habsburgs

Chapter 27. The Turks in South Europe during the 16th and 17th Centuries

Chapter 28. The Expansion of Europe: 16th Century Colonialism

Chapter 29. The Renaissance

Chapter 30. The Development of Scientific Thinking

Chapter 31. The Reformation

Chapter 32. France in the 16th Century

Chapter 33. The Thirty Years’ War and the Peace of Westphalia, 1648

Chapter 34. The Rise of Dynastic Absolutism in France

Chapter 35. Poland in the 17th Century

Chapter 36. The Rise of Prussia

Chapter 37. Sweden the 17th and 18th Centuries

Chapter 38. The Rise of Russia

General Conclusion: Europe in 1414 Compared with Europe in 1714


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