History of the Modern Era - 2nd semester


a) To attain general knowledge of the most crucial moments of the European political, economic, social and cultural history between the late 16h century and the late 18th century.
b) To develop a critical knowledge of the several historiographical interpretations in the study of early-modern Europe.
c) To master the historiography about early-modern Europe, and develop the capacity to work with archival sources pertinent to that period.
d) To acquire the knowledge and the skills indispensable for post-graduate studies about early-modern European history.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Buescu


Weekly - 4

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CAMERON, Euan (coord.) – O século XVI (História da Europa Oxford), Porto, Fio da Palavra Editores, 2009
QUATAERT, Donald – O Império otomano. Das origens ao século XX, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2008, pp. 13-58
SALMANN, Jean-Michel – Géopolitique du XVIe siècle. 1498-1618, Paris, Seuil, 2003, pp. 211-285
CARPENTIER, Jean e LEBRUN, François – História da Europa, 3ª edição, Lisboa, Editorial Estampa, 2002
HALE, John – A Civilização Europeia no Renascimento, Lisboa, Presença, 2000, pp. 21-178
TENENTI, Alberto – La formación del mundo moderno. Siglos XIV-XVII, Barcelona, Ed. Crítica, 1985
MORINEAU, Michel – O Século XVI. 1492-1610, Lisboa, D. Quixote, 1980
CORVISIER, André – O Mundo Moderno, Lisboa, Edições Ática, 1976, pp. 5-167

Teaching method

The classes are both theoretical (70%) and practical (30%). The first consist of the the exposition, point by point, of the subjects of the Program. The practical classes consist on the analysis and commentary of written documents, iconography and historiographical texts with the active participation of the students.

Evaluation method

Two written individual papers; evaluation of oral interventions.

Subject matter

1. The demography of Ancien Régime’s Europe.
2. The structures of economic activity. The weight of the agricultural sector. The growth of the manufacturer activity. The role of the colonial markets. The development of the long-distance trade activity.
3. The early-modern European society. Social taxonomy and the «society of orders».
4. The dynamics of the European monarchies: the role played by the religious dissent.
5. The fight for political hegemony in Europe. The Thirty Years war and the treaties of Westphalia. The expansion of the French monarchy.
6. Europe after the treaty of Utrecht.
7. From the Austrian war of succession to the Seven Years war. The emergence of Russia and Prussia.


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