The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics Series)

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A book which is, and will long remain, the standard authority on the subject…I doubt if there is anything in any European language which covers the ground so comprehensively and so satisfactorily."
Spectator

"[Wedgwood] tells a story supremely well….she is by far the best narrative historian writing in the English language. She is a superb stylist, her eye for colorful detail is unerring, and she has an unrivaled capacity for catching the signs and sounds and smells of the past."
— Lawrence Stone

"The greatest narrative historian of the twentieth century, Wedgwood told complex stories in precise, human terms. The formal perfection and clarity of her prose often recall the work of one of her heroes, Edward Gibbon. Yet she contemplated and described in rapid, vivid detail scenes of past and present horror that would have robbed even the unflappable historian of the Roman Empire of his marmoreal calm. The Thirty Years War shows her at her epic best."
— From the introduction by Anthony Grafton

"This is a masterful narrative, written by one of the great exponents of that all-too-rare skill. Threading her way through one of the most complex and fraught eras of European history, Wedgwood gives all who have followed her an object lesson in clarity and readability that has not been surpassed."
— Theodore K. Rabb, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590171462
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 298,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910–1997) was born into an innovative and intellectual English family. Her father, a direct descendant of the potter Josiah Wedgwood, was the chief general manager of the London and North Eastern Railway and her mother was a novelist and travel writer. After success at Oxford, Wedgwood rejected an academic career and took up writing instead. She published her first history, The Thirty Years War (1938), before her thirtieth birthday, and in the years that followed wrote a succession of chronicles of seventeenth-century Europe that made her one of the most popular and best-known historians in Britain. Her most important works include The King’s Peace; The King’s War; and William the Silent: William of Nassau, Prince of Orange, 1533–1584, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography in 1944. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, a Dame of the British Empire, and in 1969 became the third woman to be appointed a member of the British Order of Merit.

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.

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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
6 Deadlock : 1628-30 223
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Excellent narrative, hard to put down

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Excellent!

    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.

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