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Early Modern History and The Enlightenment

This research guide points to resources useful for research on the Early Modern and Enlightenment period.


Welcome to the Early Modern History and the Enlightenment Research Guide. The goal of this guide is to facilitate research on subjects in these periods by bringing all relevant resources together in one place.  The term "Early Modern" is open to debate, but most broadly, constitutes the period beginning at the end of the Middle Ages and ending after the Enlightenment and the Age of Revolutions/Wars of Independence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  The Enlightenment, or Age of Reason, was a period of Reform primarily situated in the eighteenth century, aiming to reform society through an emphasis on scientific reason, as opposed to tradition, faith, religion, and revelation. 

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Key Resources

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is another excellent resource for books, periodicals, manuscripts, newspapers, and archival materials in print, microfilm, and digital formats. FSU belongs to this international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries, which allows FSU patrons to borrow CRL materials via interlibrary loan for extended periods.

One way to identify key collections is through CRL Topic Guides.

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