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HIST 229: Spectacles of Power in Europe, 1550-1700 - Louis XIV (HC)

HIST 229: Spectacles of Power in Europe, 1550-1700 - Louis XIV (Graham) Spring 2020

Finding Background Information

The following sources provide overviews of ideas, people, and branches of study in the history of early modern Europe.  They are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.

Handbooks and Encyclopedias

Literature Reviews

  • In a literature review the author writes an overview of a topic from the point of view of the research that has been done.  The author analyzes the arguments in individual books and journal articles to build a narrative about the themes that have been articulated, areas which need further investigation, and questions which do not yet have a consensus among scholars.
  • For your project, a literature review can give you a headstart on understanding your topic in much greater depth.  It also point out books and journal articles which are the most relevant and of the highest quality.
  • See the resources below for literature reviews in specific academic disciplines.

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