The Thirty Years War

Author: Cicely Veronica Wedgwood

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 9781590171462

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 338

Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal castle in Prague, world war spread from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden into a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.

The Thirty Years War

Europe's Tragedy

Author: Peter Hamish Wilson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674036345

Category: History

Page: 996

View: 8558

A deadly continental struggle, the Thirty Years War devastated seventeenth-century Europe, killing nearly a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to towns and countryside alike. In a major reassessment, Wilson argues that religion was not the catalyst,but one element in a lethal stew of political, social, and dynastic forces that fed the conflict--a conflict that ultimately transformed the map of the modern world.

Europe's Tragedy

A New History of the Thirty Years War

Author: Peter H. Wilson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141937807

Category: History

Page: 1024

View: 7416

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and regions never recovered. All the major European powers apart from Russia were heavily involved and, while each country started out with rational war aims, the fighting rapidly spiralled out of control, with great battles giving way to marauding bands of starving soldiers spreading plague and murder. The war was both a religious and a political one and it was this tangle of motives that made it impossible to stop. Whether motivated by idealism or cynicism, everyone drawn into the conflict was destroyed by it. At its end a recognizably modern Europe had been created but at a terrible price. Peter Wilson's book is a major work, the first new history of the war in a generation, and a fascinating, brilliantly written attempt to explain a compelling series of events. Wilson's great strength is in allowing the reader to understand the tragedy of mixed motives that allowed rulers to gamble their countries' future with such horrifying results. The principal actors in the drama (Wallenstein, Ferdinand II, Gustavus Adolphus, Richelieu) are all here, but so is the experience of the ordinary soldiers and civilians, desperately trying to stay alive under impossible circumstances. The extraordinary narrative of the war haunted Europe's leaders into the twentieth century (comparisons with 1939-45 were entirely appropriate) and modern Europe cannot be understood without reference to this dreadful conflict.

The Thirty Years' Wars

Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994

Author: Andrew Kopkind

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840962

Category: History

Page: 531

View: 1269

This volume represents the 30 years' aftershocks of the cataclysmic battles of the 1960s, as recorded by one of the major journalists of that generation. A chronicle of political and cultural life from 1965 until Andrew Kopkind's death in October of 1994, it tracks the black civil rights movement, the New Left, Prague in the wake of Soviet invasion and Moscow during the Soviet collapse, Woodstock, drug wars, blue-collar attitudes, Christian soldiers and gay soldiers. As a gay man, Kopkind understood that there is no pure realm of the personal, and his writing captures history as it happened.

French Armies of the Thirty Years' War

Author: St'phane Thion

Publisher: LRT Editions

ISBN: 2917747013

Category: History

Page: 173

View: 1206

A comprehensive book on the French army of Louis XIII and Richelieu with ful accounts of battles of this period and order of battles.

The Thirty Years War

Author: Stephen J. Lee

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415268622

Category: History

Page: 73

View: 2419

The period 1618-1648 was one of the most complex in European history. Religion interacted with rebellion and dynastic rivalry in a series of conflicts in central Europe known collectively as the Thirty Years War. This book guides the reader through the period by surveying the narrative of events and establishing the essential chronological framework. In addition Stephen Lee looks at such key issues as the motives of the participants, their gains and losses, as well as at the religious, military, social and economic aspects of the War. Each section in the book incorporates the most recent research.

Scotland and the Thirty Years' War


Author: Steve Murdoch

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004120860

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 2866

This volume deals with the entanglement of Scotland in the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), discussing the diplomatic and military aspects of the conflict that were interwoven with the fate of the Scottish princess, Elizabeth of Bohemia, the famous Winter Queen.

The German Way of War

From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich

Author: Robert Michael Citino

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 428

View: 8028

The German way of war, as Citino shows, was fostered by the development of a widely accepted and deeply embedded military culture that supported and rewarded aggression. His book offers a fresh look at one of the most remarkable, respected, and reviled militaries.

The Thirty Years' War

Author: Geoffrey Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134734069

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 3493

The first edition of The Thirty Years' War offered an unrivalled survey of a central period in European history. Drawing on a huge body of source material from different languages and countries throughout Europe, it provided a clear and comprehensive narrative and analytical account of the subject. It has established itself as the classic text with reviewers, students and the general reader. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to include the very latest research. The updated bibliographical information provides an invaluable resource, synthesising the major work in the field, in all languages, up to 1996. Written with great clarity and liveliness, the book brings alive the period in all its aspects. It covers the horrors of the war and the contorted politics of the period. It deals with all the major figures, including Wallerstein and Richelieu, Gustavus Adolphus and Tilly, the Winter King and the Habsburg emperors. For range and depth of coverage there is no other work like it. It has become the definitive book on the subject.

The Thirty Years' War 1618–1648

Author: Richard Bonney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472810023

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 302

More than three and a half centuries have passed since the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War (1618-48); but this most devastating of wars in the early modern period continues to capture the imagination of readers: this book reveals why. It was one of the first wars where contemporaries stressed the importance of atrocities, the horrors of the fighting and also the sufferings of the civilian population. The Thirty Years' War remains a conflict of key importance in the history of the development of warfare and the 'military revolution'.

Experiencing the Thirty Years War

A Brief History with Documents

Author: Hans Medick,Benjamin Marschke

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

ISBN: 9780312535056

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 2254

One of the most momentous and destructive wars in European history, the Thirty Years War has long been studied for its diplomatic, political, and military consequences. Yet the actual participants in this religiously motivated, seemingly endless conflict have largely been ignored. Hans Medick and Benjamin Marschke reveal the Thirty Years War from the perspective of those who lived it. Their introduction provides important insights into the roiling religious and political landscape from which the war emerged, as well as a thoughtful examination of the war's stages and enduring significance. An unprecedented collection of personal accounts, many of them translated for the first time into English, combine with visual sources to convey directly to students the experience of early modern warfare. Incisive document headnotes, maps and illustrations, a chronology, questions to consider, and a bibliography enrich students' understanding of this fateful war.

Indochina and Vietnam

The Thirty-five Year War, 1940-1975

Author: Robert Miller,Dennis D. Wainstock

Publisher: Enigma Books

ISBN: 1936274663

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 6094

Comprehensive, easy-to-read, and objective history of the Indochina and Vietnam wars for the general reader and undergraduate students.

Battles of the Thirty Years War

From White Mountain to Nordlingen, 1618-1635

Author: William P. Guthrie

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780313320286

Category: History

Page: 335

View: 4010

The first complete study of the military aspects of the German War in this important conflict.

The Later Thirty Years War

From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia

Author: William P. Guthrie

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313324086

Category: History

Page: 307

View: 7351

A detailed study of the military aspects of this important early modern conflict.

Dutch Armies of the 80 Years’ War 1568–1648 (1)


Author: Bouko de Groot

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472819136

Category: History

Page: 48

View: 7788

The 80 Years' War (also known as the Dutch War of Independence) was the foundation of Dutch nationhood, and during the course of the conflict one of its main leaders – Maurice of Orange-Nassau – created an army and a tactical system that became a model throughout Europe. This study, the first of a two-part series, focuses on the Dutch infantry. It examines how Maurice of Orange-Nassau attracted volunteers and students from across Europe, introduced innovative new training methods such as common drill movements, and standardised the organisation and payment system of the army to make it more than a match for the occupying Spanish. His successes inspired officers and generals across the continent to copy his methods, including many English officers who went on to fight in the English Civil Wars. Featuring full-colour artwork and rare period illustrations, this book examines how the Dutch infantry was transformed into a fighting force able to defeat the might of Imperial Spain.

Civilians and War in Europe, 1618-1815

Author: Erica Michiko Charters,Eve Rosenhaft,Hannah Smith

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846317118

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 8094

Civilians and War in Europe 1618–1815 examines the relationship between civilians and warfare from the start of the Thirty Years War to the end of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The volume interrogates received narratives of warfare that identify the development of modern 'total' war with the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and instead considers the continuities and transformations in warfare over the course of two hundred years. The contributors examine prisoners of war, the cultures of plunder, the tensions of billeting, and war-time atrocities throughout England, France, Spain, and the German territories. They also explore the legal practices surrounding the conduct and aftermath of war; representations of civilians, soldiers, and militias; and the philosophical underpinnings of warfare. They probe what it meant to be a civilian in territories beset by invasion and civil war or in times when ‘peace’ at home was accompanied by almost continuous military engagement abroad. Their accounts show us civilians not only as anguished sufferers, but also directly involved with war: fighting back with shocking violence, profiting from war-time needs, and negotiating for material and social redress. And they show us individuals and societies coming to terms with the moral and political challenges posed by the business of drawing lines between ‘civilians’ and ‘soldiers’.With contributors drawn from the fields of political and legal theory, literature and the visual arts, and military, political, social, and cultural history, this volume will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of warfare and the evolution of the idea of the civilian.


The Inventor, the Noble Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War

Author: Nick Taylor

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806524719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3426

An account of the man who successfully proved that he had invented the laser recalls Gordon Gould's thirty-year battle with the U.S. Patent Office to claim this important legacy, in an inside look at the American patent process. Reprint.

The French Religious Wars 1562–1598

Author: Robert Jean Knecht

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472810139

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 6040

The eight French Wars of Religion began in 1562 and lasted for 36 years. Although the wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants, this books draws out in full the equally important struggle for power between the king and the leading nobles, and the rivalry between the nobles themselves as they vied for control of the king. In a time when human life counted for little, the destruction reached its height in the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre when up to 10,000 Protestants lost their lives.

Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618–1648

Author: Alexia Grosjean,Steve Murdoch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317318153

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 369

Field Marshal Alexander Leslie was the highest ranking commander from the British Isles to serve in the Thirty Years’ War. Though Leslie’s life provides the thread that runs through this work, the authors use his story to explore the impacts of the Thirty Years’ War, the British Civil Wars and the age of Military Revolution.

Mother Courage and Her Children

A Chronicle of the Thirty Years' War

Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802130822

Category: Drama

Page: 126

View: 9511

Anna Fierling, an itinerant trader during the seventeenth century, becomes known as "Mother Courage" after the constant warfare gradually claims all of her children