Encyclopedia of Early Modern History

The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History — to be published in 15 volumes — offers 400 years of early modern history in one work. Experts from all over the world have joined in a presentation of the scholarship on the great era between the mid-15th to the mid-19th centuries. The perspective is European. That does not mean, however, that the view on the rest of the world is blocked. On the contrary: the multifaceted interrelatedness of European and other cultures is scrutinized extensively.

Also available online, the Encyclopedia of Early Modern History addresses major historical questions:
- which ideas, inventions, and events changed people’s lives?
- in which ways did living conditions change?
- how do political, social, and economic developments interlock?
- which major cultural currents have begun to become apparent?
- how did historical interpretation of certain phenomena change?

The individual articles are connected to one another as in a web of red threads. The reader who follows the threads will keep coming upon new and unexpected contexts and links.

This is an English translation of the well-known German-language Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit, published by Metzler Verlag.

Editorial Board

Executive editor (English edition)
Prof. Dr. Andrew Colin Gow (Edmonton)

Executive editor (German edition)
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Jaeger (Essen)

Subject area 01: State, political authority, and the international system of states
Prof. Dr. Horst Carl (Giessen)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Kampmann (Marburg)

Subject area 02: Global interaction
Prof. Dr. Helmut Bley (Hanover)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim König (Eichstätt)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Rüther (Vienna)

Subject area 03: Law and constitution
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Brauneder (Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Sibylle Hofer (Bern)
Prof. Dr. Diethelm Klippel (Bayreuth)

Subject area 04: Lifestyles and social change
Prof. Dr. Josef Ehmer (Vienna)
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Lenger (Giessen)

Subject area 05: Economy
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfister (Münster)
Prof. Dr. Werner Plumpe (Frankfurt am Main)
Prof. Dr. Werner Troßbach (Kassel)

Subject area 06: Natural sciences and medicine
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle (Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Reith (Salzburg)

Subject area 07: Bildung, culture and communication
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Behringer (Saarbrücken)
Prof. Dr. Gerrit Walther (Wuppertal)

Subject area 08: Churches and religious culture
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Beutel (Münster)
Prof. Dr. Walter Sparn (Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Subject area 09: Literature, art, and music
Prof. Dr. Markus Fauser (Vechta)
Prof. Dr. Roland Kanz (Bonn)
Prof. Dr. Laurenz Lütteken (Zürich)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rode-Breymann (Hanover)
Prof. Dr. Silvia S. Tschopp (Augsburg)

Subject area 10: Environment and technological change
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Reith (Salzburg)
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle (Berlin)

Review Quotes

“A stellar addition to collections serving research on the early modern period. […] Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”
Brian W. Vetruba, Washington University in St. Louis. In: CHOICE, Vol. 54, No. 8 (April 2017).

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