The modern world was born in the era between the Renaissance and the French Revolution.
Radical changes were bought about by the voyages of discovery, the Reformation(s), the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. A lot of groundbreaking historical research focuses on this dynamic period, which is known as the modern or early modern period (1500 – 1800).
The research and teaching programme Early Modern History is comprised of the following core aspects:
Researchers and students at the UvA make ample use of Amsterdam’s world-renowned archives, libraries and museums. The University Library houses the world’s biggest collection of books printed in the Golden Age. The records of the Amsterdam City Archives not only have bearing on the history of Amsterdam, but also on the Dutch Republic and her colonies in East and West.
Early Modern History at the UvA focuses on the Dutch Revolt, the emergence of the Golden Age, the development of Amsterdam, and eighteenth-century political thought. Themes include:
Research transcends former national borders, e.g. research into the Mediterranean Basin and the European expansion into Asia and the Atlantic region. Some of the issues dealt with include the slave trade, the public image of Indians and Muslims, and the relationship between Christian and Islamic states. Another research theme is the perception of the Golden Age (and antiquity) during other time periods.