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Events That Changed the World in the Seventeenth Century

Events That Changed the World in the Seventeenth Century

by John E. Findling, Frank W. Thackeray


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It was the age of empire and the dawn of political and scientific revolution. The seventeenth century brought about enormous changes in the global political landscape and in the understanding of the principles of science. From this dynamic century, often fraught with upheaval and bustling with fascinating historical actors, several key events are treated by recognized experts in the field. These important events include, among others:

• The age of the great Russian tsars, Indian moguls, and Japanese shoguns

• The beginning of a four-century dynasty in China

• The reign of Louis XIV

• The expansion of the Ottoman Empire

• England's Glorious Revolution

• The Founding of Jamestown

• The Thirty Years' War

• The Scientific Revolution

To help students understand the major developments of the seventeenth century and their impact on our own time, this unique resource offers detailed description and expert analysis of the century's most important events.

Each of the events is covered in a separate chapter. An introductory essay provides factual materials about the event in a clear, concise, and chronological manner that makes complex history understandable. An interpretive essay, written by a recognized authority in the field, then explores the short-term and far-reaching ramifications of the event. With an annotated bibliography, full-page illustrations, a timeline of important events, a listing of ruling houses and dynasties of the period, and a glossary of names, events, and terms of the seventeenth century, Events That Changed the World in the Seventeenth Century is an ideal addition to the high school, community college, and undergraduate reference shelf, as well as excellent supplementary reading for social studies and world history courses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313290787
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/1999
Series: The Greenwood Press "Events That Changed the World" Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

FRANK W. THACKERAY is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast./e He is author of Antecedents of Revolution: Alexander I and the Polish Kingdom (1980) and the co-editor (with John E. Findling) of the Events That Changed the World series and the The Events That Changed America series, both published by Greenwood. Also with John E. Findling, he is co-editor of Statesmen Who Changed the World (1993). He and Findling are also series editors of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series.

JOHN E. FINDLING is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast./eHe is the author of Dictionary of American Diplomatic History (1980-89), Close Neighbors, Distant Friends: United States-Central American Relations (1987), and Chicago's Great World's Fairs (1995). With Kimberly D. Pelle, he co-edited Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1988 (1990) and Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement (1996). With Frank W. Thackeray, he is co-editor of the Events That Changed the World series and the Events That Changed America series and also series editor of the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series.

Table of Contents


The Time of Troubles, 1598-1618

Interpretive Essay by John T. Alexander

The Establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1603

Interpretive Essay by Louis G. Perez

The Founding of Jamestown, 1607

Interpretive Essay by Rick Kennedy

The Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648

Interpretive Essay by Garrett L. McAinsh

Louis XIV and the Grand Monarchy, 1643-1715

Interpretive Essay by Andrew P. Trout

The Manchu Conquest, 1644

Interpretive Essay by Yu Shen

The Scientific Revolution, c. 1650

Interpretive Essay by Robert K. DeKosky

The Golden Age of Mogul Power, c. 1650

Interpretive Essay by John McLeod

The Siege of Vienna, 1683

Interpretive Essay by David Stefancic

The Glorious Revolution, 1688-1689

Interpretive Essay by William T. Walker



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