The Thirty Year's War, 1618-1648

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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 ...
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Overview

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'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841763781
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 996,061
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

The Revd Professor Richard Bonney is Professor of Modern History and Head of the Department of History at the University of Leicester, UK.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 9
Background to war: The making of alliances 11
Warring sides: Protestant divisions and unifying issues in the Catholic alliance 18
Outbreak: The Bohemian rebellion, 1618-1620 35
The fighting: War in Germany, 1621-1648 39
Portrait of a soldier: The Mercenaries 68
The world around war: Impact of war 72
Portrait of a civilian: Witness accounts 77
How the war ended: Negotiating for the future 82
Conclusion and consequences: A permanent settlement? 88
Further reading 92
Index 94
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