Defining Documents in World History: The 17th Century (1601-1700)

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2 Volumes
800 Pages
80 Essays
80 Primary Source Documents
Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index
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June 2017 · 2 volumes · 800 pages · 8"x10"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-301-5
# of Pages: 800
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Defining Documents in World History:
The 17th Century (1601-1700)

The 17th Century offers in-depth analysis of a broad range of historical documents and historic events that make up the story of a century marked by scientific discovery, codification of laws, the development of religious doctrine, civil war, colonization, and the expansion of trade on a global level. The 17th Century contains forty-nine primary source documents—many in their entirety. Each document is supported by a critical essay, written by historians and teachers, that includes a Summary Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes. Readers will appreciate the diversity of the collected texts, including speeches, letters, political and religious sermons, laws, edicts, and charters among other genres. Defining Documents in World History: The 17th Century provides detailed, thought-provoking analysis of:

Galileo Galilei: Starry Messenger
Mayflower Compact
Japan's Closed Country Edict
Treaty of Westphalia
John Locke: An Essay on Human Understanding

The forty-nine articles in this volume are organized into the following seven sections:
• Europe: Science, Religion and Law
• England: Civil War and Revolution
• Christianity and Society in the East
• The Muslim World: Trade and Toleration
• European Colonies in the Americas: The English
• European Colonies in the Americas: New England
• European Colonies in the Americas: Other Colonies

Articles begin by introducing readers to the historical context surrounding the document, followed by a description of the author's life and circumstances in which the document was written. Next, a detailed analysis of the document provides an in-depth examination of the issues surrounding the document and its historical significance. An historical timeline and bibliography of supplemental readings will support readers in understanding the broader historical events and subjects in the period.