Explore Early European Life and Culture

As a continually growing series of collections, Early European Books (EEB) offers new insights into the Early Modern Period.

The subject matter in the collections spans pre-18th-century and the works encompass all the major fields of human endeavour, including science, medicine, philosophy, theology, literature, history, political science, travel and exploration. Together they provide a rich source of content for study and research across the cultural landscape of early modern Europe.


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Collections spanning the centuries

The collections in Early European Books bring online remarkable works from pre-18th century Europe. As a continually growing series of collections, Early European Books form a seamless and increasingly comprehensive survey of printing in Europe to 1700. Read more about all the collections available in Early European Books.

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Explore the process of creating this unique collection through video, read the latest blogs and learn more about these comprehensive digitized collections of European printed works from the Early Modern Period enhance scholarship.


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Early European Books Digitization: ProQuest & USTC. ProQuest partnered with five National Libraries in Europe to embark on a major programme of digitization.

Read the Blog: Revolution and Reform in the Early Modern Era

In 1517 Martin Luther’s famous Ninety-Five Theses sparked the Reformation which would divide and transform western Christendom.

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Case Studies

Case Studies and Essays from renowed historians and leading experts explore how this European-wide project impacts the way we understand economic, social, political, religious and literary culture of the early modern period. From understanding the impact of the printing press and it's impact on the spread of Reformist ideas, to how EEB is shaping research today.


NEW! Essay: Religious Publishing in Early Modern Europe by Andrew Pettegree

Renowned British historian Andrew Pettegree delves into how the printing press influenced 15th century European religion — and how religion influenced the early publishing industry.

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Case Study: Enabling Primary Source Exploration of Life and Culture at the University of St. Andrews

Learn how Arthur der Weduwen from University of St. Andrews is using Early European Books in research.

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Essay: Early European Books and the Reformation by Simon Hudson

In 1517 when Martin Luther is said to have posted his famed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in the small German university town of Wittenberg. The posting itself was an everyday event, but Luther’s impact proved more widespread and decisive.

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Essay: By Historian at University of St. Andrews, Authur der Weduwen

Exploring the impact of the printing press on the dissemination of political and state communication, and how the digitisation of these documents enables rare insights into early modern political culture.

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Case Study: Andrew Pettegree looks at the new worlds opening to researchers with early modern historical materials

Prof. Pettegree discusses the relationship, and challenges in the study of early print books, and the future of scholarship in this area.

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