The Thirty Year's War: Europe's Tragedy
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. Peter Wilson offers the first new history in a generation of a horrifying conflict that transformed the map of the modern world.
When defiant Bohemians tossed the Habsburg emperor’s envoys from...more
Perfect Christmas-time reading.
This is a very thorough one-volume overview of the Thirty Years War, providing some 290 pages of background before finally reaching the Defenestration of Prague.
The machinations of the Swedes, the Spanish and Austrian Habsburgs, the French, and the separate duchies, kin ...more
I still cannot conceptualize just how terrible this conflict was. There were domestic armies crisscrossing ...more
The author has a great knowledge of his matters and gives examples when he claims something, making his argumentation very strong. He just has some small issues with early modern history outside of Central Europe (like describing the Ottoman court as very similar to the medieval Roman one, despite all the obvious influences, or confusing between principal ...more
THIRTY YEARS WARS
2014 marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War, which was itself the beginning of a conflagration which some historians have referred to as the Second Thirty Years War (1914-1945). Yet while the Second Thirty Years War continues to transfix our collective consciousness, hardly any of our contemporary political discourse in the West reflects on the original Thirty Years War, or even seems to acknowledge the fact that the horrors Europe experienced in the twentie ...more
Now that I have finished it, I must say, Prof. Wilson has produced a massive, yet approachable tome, w ...more
Makes one really appreciate John Julius Norwich, Adrian Goldsworthy and several other historians who manage to be both comprehensive and good writers
Still recommended but it could hav ...more
In short: an outstanding guide to the troubles of the major European dynasties in the 16th and early 17th Centuries, or the religious and constitutional crises of the Holy Roman Empire. Not so much on the battlefield tactics and genius of Gustavus Adolphus. Fortunately more of the boo ...more
It is not easy to read of course. There are a lot of people who come in and without wanting to scare anyone off, it does get hard to keep track. But this is history, so read carefully and slowly if needs be.
This book is a real doorstop (nearly 1K pages) but an absolutely fascinating read. My understanding of the events that shaped modern Europe was about 1 inch deep before I dug into Wilson's incredibly well-documented book. His analysis blows away the conventional wisdom on this era.
I'm giving the parts I managed to get through four stars, because I can't imagine a way this amount of material could've been handled any better. I'm only giving it four stars because that's the problem -- it's just too complicated a subject for a single-volume treatment. The Thirty Years' War was as complex, and probably as proportionally devastating, as one of the World Wars. It just can't be covered in one book, especially because the Early Modern era itself might ...more
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Peter H. Wilson is G. E. Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull.