Lecture 1 The Onset of Modernity pdf version

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Unformatted text preview: The Onset of Modernity I. What do historians do? Historians are interested in big trends and processes over time , especially those that produce significant change in the human condition. Historians study: Social organization and processes, including cultural, intellectual, and religious dimensions of life Economic affairs and processes Politics and power Historians want to know how the above aspects of life fit together and interact to produce significant historical change. It is in this sort of analytical context that we should consider todays topic, The Onset of Modernity. II. What is modernity? Modernity is a relative term. It can only be understood by comparing with what came before. We will date modernitys beginning around the year 1500, in Europe, particularly in England. Why? Fundamental changes in social structure and economic processes were beginning to occur. These would eventually result in the transition from traditional or feudal society to a modern or capitalist society and economic system. III. Traditional social and economic structures Aristocrats and peasants were the two main classes. Production and wealth were based primarily on agriculture. Other classes played a relatively insignificant role. Cities were few and far between, primarily administrative centers. IV. Transition Change began to occur around 1500....
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