The Thirty Years War

Europe's Tragedy

Author: Peter Hamish Wilson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674036345

Category: History

Page: 996

View: 7840

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.

The Thirty Years War

A Sourcebook

Author: Peter H. Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137069775

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 8120

The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was the most destructive European conflict prior to the twentieth century. It reduced the population of central Europe by around a quarter and left thousands of towns and villages in ruins. This uniquely comprehensive collection of translated documents covers all aspects of the war in the words and images of those who directly experienced it, from the key political and military decision-makers, through the middling ranks of officers and envoys to the masses of ordinary soldiers and civilians, laity and clergy, women and men. Most of the material appears in English for the first time, including a variety of previously unpublished archival sources, all reproduced in their full original length. The wide range of sources covered includes: • state documents • treatises • diplomatic and private correspondence • diaries • financial records • artistic evidence Thematically organised, the material is supported by an authoritative introduction, a guide to further reading and a full chronology, as well as extensive annotations explaining terms and points of detail. The rich source material and essential context that this book provides make it an invaluable resource for students and anyone interested in European and military history.

The Thirty Years War

Author: Josef V. Polišenský

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520018686

Category: History

Page: 305

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The Thirty Years' War

Author: Geoffrey Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134734069

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 8620

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

Author: C.V. Wedgewood

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1681371235

Category: History

Page: 536

View: 9014

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.

London's News Press and the Thirty Years War

Author: Jayne E. E. Boys

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843839342

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 8228

A topical subject offering interesting parallels between the news revolution in the age of James I and Charles I and our internet age. An important contribution to the history of print and books.

The Thirty Years War

Author: Stephen J. Lee

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415268622

Category: History

Page: 73

View: 3577

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: 5754

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 Thirty Years War

Author: Peter Limm

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Limited

ISBN: 9780582353732

Category: History

Page: 134

View: 7767


The Jesuits and the Thirty Years War

Kings, Courts, and Confessors

Author: Robert Bireley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521820172

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 9737

This book investigates the role of the Society of Jesus during the Thirty Years War.

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: 7866

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 War

Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist, 1965-1994

Author: Andrew Kopkind

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859840962

Category: History

Page: 531

View: 4090

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.

The Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Kevin Cramer

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803206946

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 9537

The nineteenth century witnessed the birth of German nationalism and the unification of Germany as a powerful nation-state. In this era the reading public?s obsession with the most destructive and divisive war in its history?the Thirty Years? War?resurrected old animosities and sparked a violent, century-long debate over the origins and aftermath of the war. The core of this bitter argument was a clash between Protestant and Catholic historians over the cultural criteria determining authentic German identity and the territorial and political form of the future German nation. ø This groundbreaking study of modern Germany?s morbid fascination with the war explores the ideological uses of history writing, commemoration, and collective remembrance to show how the passionate argument over the ?meaning? of the Thirty Years? War shaped Germans' conception of their nation. The first book in the extensive literature on German history writing to examine how modern German historians reinterpreted a specific event to define national identity and legitimate political and ideological agendas, The Thirty Years? War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century is a bold intellectual history of the confluence of history writing, religion, culture, and politics in nineteenth-century Germany.

French Armies of the Thirty Years' War

Author: St'phane Thion

Publisher: LRT Editions

ISBN: 2917747013

Category: History

Page: 173

View: 4878

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

The Holy Roman Empire and Europe 1618-48

Author: Ronald G. Asch

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 134925617X

Category: Catholic Church

Page: 259

View: 9860

Historians have tried time and again to identify the central issues of the conflict which devastated Europe between 1618 and 1648. The Thirty Years War by Ronald G. Asch puts the religious and constitutional struggle in the Holy Roman Empire squarely back into the centre of events. However, other issues are not neglected. Thus the problems of war finance are shown to be an important key to the interaction between inter-state and domestic conflicts during the war. Equally confessional tensions are analysed as a decisive factor linking international and domestic disputes, and the reader is provided with a succinct narrative account concentrating on the major turning points of the war.

The Thirty Years' War 1618–1648

Author: Richard Bonney

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472810023

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 7134

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'.