This is a substantial history of Europe from the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth, i.e. from the start of the Lutheran revolt against the Roman Catholic church until the end of the thirty-years’ war.
It covers the major changes in society and the economy as a result of many factors such as the exploitation of the newly conquered territories in South and North America, the greater availability of printed materials, reformation of religious practices and developments in Science and Philosophy.
It’s a substantial book, about 750 pages but I found it quite readable, not academic and covers a very interesting period in Europe’s and the Worlds’ history from the unified pietistic society of Christendom to the emergence of the modern era and a more complex and diverse continent.
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.