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Welcome to The History Guide's Lectures on Early Modern European History. These lectures were written over the past ten years and served as the basis for my upper division European intellectual history and western civilization classes at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton and Davie, FL) and Meredith College (Raleigh, NC).

The lectures presented here are between five and ten pages in length and are meant to be downloaded and printed. Of course, you can read them online if you wish. Please keep in mind that these lectures are intended for your education and edification and not for publication by anyone but myself. If you would like to link any of these pages to your own or use them in a classroom exercise or as a citation in one of your essays, please be courteous enough to let me know about it by sending email to You should also read my Conditions of Use statement for particulars. If you are looking for my credentials, please consult my curriculum vitae.

The purpose of these lectures is to supply a corrective to the void left between my lecture series on Ancient and Medieval Europe, which ends with a discussion of Europe during and immediately following the Black Death, and my lectures on Modern European Intellectual History. Although this latter series begins with Abelard and the 12th century Renaissance, it does not adequately present the reader with any concentrated discussion of the period 1350-1700. Hopefully, this new lecture series will fulfill its mission by providing the reader with a balanced account of Europe from the Renaissance through the Scientific Revolution. I apologize for the duplication of lectures but in the interests of continuity, it was unavoidable.

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This site saw the light of day on January 14, 2002.

This site is "in progress" -- I shall upload the files as they become available


Lecture 1: Renaissance Portraits
Lecture 2: The Age of Discovery
Lecture 3: The Protestant Reformation: Luther and Calvin
Lecture 4: The Impact of Luther and the Radical Reformation
Lecture 5: The Catholic Reformation
Lecture 6: Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560-1715
Lecture 7: The English Civil War
Lecture 8: Political Theory, 1660-1715
Lecture 9: France in the 17th Century
Lecture 10: The Scientific Revolution, 1543-1600
Lecture 11: The Scientific Revolution, 1600-1642
Lecture 12: The Scientific Revolution, 1642-1730
Lecture 13: The New Intellectual Order: Man, Nature and Society
Lecture 14: A Century of Genius: Art, Philosophy and Drama

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