how useful is early modern to describe period 1500-1789

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How useful is the term ‘early modern’ to describe the period c.1500-c.1789?

In tackling this question it should first be asserted that these dates are commonly known to be the end of the Middles Ages (1500) and the beginning of the French Revolution (1789.) To determine whether this period characterises the term ‘early modern’, it must be more substantial than a set of dates, factors of a imperial, cultural, religious, political and economic nature must be investigated. This will discern if Europe underwent a period of “modernisation.” Moreover they must be assessed in a broader context to conclude how much change happened different to the Middle Ages and how much they shaped the future.

Firstly it should be examined to what
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Platters is confirming arguably the most radical occurrence in this ‘early modern’ era, the reformation had undermined a lot of the previous influence of the Catholic Church and certain ruling classes, replacing it through a modern democratisation process which empowered even ‘the poorest he’12, allowing them freedom of thought. Overall it is often easy to miss out the study of the peasant classes, with older texts more focused on intellectuals and those in power, thus the process and consequence of the reformation is very useful in showing us how radically life changed in all levels of ‘early modern’ society.

We may agree that there are certain characteristics during 1500 to 1789 which enable us to label this era ‘early modern’. It is also important to evaluate whether viewing 1500 - 1789 as a distinct period helps us to understand it better, it should be commented that there is a school of thought that believes that this sort of progress during the ‘early modern’ era was inevitable, as exhibited by
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