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
In the end Peter...more
Peter H. Wilson does a superb job of explaining the complex religious, political, financial, and...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
Now that I have finished it, I must say, Prof. Wilson has produced a massive, yet approachable tome, w...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.
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Peter H. Wilson is G. E. Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull.