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Wilson, Peter H. (Peter Hamish)
Europe's tragedy
The Thirty Years War : Europe's tragedy / Peter H. Wilson
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  D258 .W55 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648
Subject Europe -- History, Military -- 1492-1648
Physical Description xxiv, 996 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
Note Originally published under title: Europe's tragedy : a history of the Thirty Years War. London : Allen Lane, 2009
Includes bibliographical references (p. 855-925) and index
Summary 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
Contents Introduction -- Trouble in the heart of Christendom -- Casa d'Austria -- The Turkish War and its consequences -- Pax Hispanica -- Dominium Maris Baltici -- From Rudolf to Matthias 1582-1612 -- On the brink? -- The Bohemian revolt 1618-20 -- Ferdinand triumphant 1621-4 -- Olivares and Richelieu -- Denmark's war against the emperor 1625-9 -- The threat of European war 1628-30 -- The lion of the north 1630-2 -- Without Gustavus 1633-4 -- For the liberty of Germany 1635-6 -- Habsburg high tide 1637-40 -- In the balance 1641-3 -- Pressure to negotiate 1644-5 -- War or peace 1646-8 -- The Westphalian settlement -- The human and material cost -- Experiencing war

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