The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics Series)by C.V. Wedgwood
Pub. Date: 06/28/2005
Publisher: New York Review Books
Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal castle in Prague, world war spread from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden into a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.
Table of Contents
|1||Germany and Europe: 1618||11|
|2||A King for Bohemia: 1617-19||69|
|3||Spanish Tocsin, German Alarum: 1619-21||101|
|4||The Emperor Ferdinand and the Elector Maximilian: 1621-5||137|
|5||Towards the Baltic: 1625-8||192|
|7||The King of Sweden: 1630-2||259|
|8||From Lutzen to Nordlingen-and Beyond 1632-5||325|
|9||The Struggle for the Rhine: 1635-9||383|
|10||The Collapse of Spain: 1639-43||414|
|11||Towards Peace: 1643-8||445|
|12||The Peace and After||485|
|Maps and Charts|
|The Rhine, the Val Telline, and North Italy||12|
|Central Europe in 1618||16|
|Leading Protestant Dynasties||510|
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This is an excellent, detailed narrative of the 30 Years War and describes in evocative language the impact it had on the area that is now Germany. Even though the book was written in 1938, it still reads well and is a worthwhile addition to any library of history.
Short and carefully written narrative of the entire war. The author has a gift for orderly and lively writing. The opinionated character sketches of the major historical figures are very helpful in understanding what is happening over the long course of the war.
Wedgwood conveys the events of the 30 Years War down to smallest detail, even including the personality traits of some of the major players in the war. Her prose is absolutely oustanding, in the spirit of Trevelyan. The book covers history, diplomacy, military tactics, geography, and religion; an all around joy to read.