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The Thirty Years War by Peter H. Wilson
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May 06, 11

Read in May, 2011

Comprehensive history of the 30-years war. Wilson's approach is scholarly, so the text can be dry and bloodless despite the bloody matters set forth therein. Even so, this is a dramatic tale filled with iconic moments from European history. It was a modern war fought with muskets and masses of troops, yet it was fought in a medieval manner with aristocrats raising private armies and kings leading their troops into battle. Sweden's King Gustav died in battle, cut down by a bullet, no doubt the last time that happened. Interesting trivia: although the defenestration of Prague was the casus belli, none of the victims were killed.

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