Weeks I and II lecture outlines

Life in Early Modern Europe (1450-1750s, approx.)

A.  "Old Regime" society and power structure based upon privilege

B.  A mostly rural population

C. Urban life

D.  Demographic changes

E.  Capitalism in Early Modern Europe

F. The expansion of the commercial capitalist economy in the 1600s-1700s

G. Mercantilism (1600s-1700s)

H.  Absolutism (mid-1600s-late 1700s)