This groundbreaking book examines the complex relationships between individuals and communities in the profound transitions of the early modern period. Taking a global and comparative approach to historical issues, the distinguished contributors show that individual and community created and recreated one another in the major structures, interactions, and transitions of early modern times. Offering an important contribution to our understanding both of the early modern period and of its historiography, this volume will be an invaluable resource for scholars working in the fields of medieval, early modern, and modern history, and on the Renaissance and Reformation.
Charles H. Parker is associate professor of history at Saint Louis University. Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history and director, Center for World History, at the University of Hawai`i.
Introduction: Individual and Community in the Early Modern World Part I: Structures Chapter 1: Early Modern Europe and the Early Modern World Chapter 2: German Burghers and Peasants in the Reformation and the Peasants' War: Partners or Competitors? Chapter 3: A Tale of Two Brothers: Corporate Identity and the Revolt in the Towns of Holland Chapter 4: Family and Community in the Spanish World Part II: Interactions Chapter 5: Individual and Community among the Medieval Travelers to Asia Chapter 6: Settle or Return: Migrant Communities in Northern Europe, c. 1600-1800 Chapter 7: Forcing the Doors of Heathendom: Ethnography, Violence, and the Dutch East India Company Chapter 8: Creating a Littoral Community: Muslim Reformers in the Early Modern Indian Ocean World Part III: Transitions Chapter 9: Custom, Community, and the Crown: Lawyers and the Reordering of French Customary Law Chapter 10: The Individual on Trial in Sixteenth-Century Netherlands: Between Tradition and Modernity Chapter 11: "They have highly offended the community of God": Rituals of Ecclesiastical Discipline and Pastoral Membership in the Community in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century German Parishes Chapter 12: Embodying the Middle Ages, Advancing Modernity: Religious Women in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe and Beyond Chapter 13: The Transitional Role of Jacques Coeur in the Fifteenth Century Chapter 14: The Individual Merchant and the Trading Nation in Sixteenth-Century Antwerp Chapter 15: Between Profit and Power: The Dutch East India Company and Institutional Early Modernities in the Age of Mercantilism