The Thirty Years' War / Edition 2

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Overview

The first edition of The Thirty Years' War offered an unrivalled survey of a central period in European history. Drawing on a huge body of source material from different languages and countries throughout Europe, it provided a clear and comprehensive narrative and analytical account of the subject. It has established itself as the classic text with reviewers, students and the general reader.
This second edition has been thoroughly revised to include the very latest research. The updated bibliographical information provides an invaluable resource, synthesising the major work in the field, in all languages, up to
1996.
Written with great clarity and liveliness, the book brings alive the period in all its aspects. It covers the horrors of the war and the contorted politics of the period. It deals with all the major figures,
including Wallerstein and Richelieu, Gustavus Adolphus and Tilly, the Winter King and the Habsburg emperors. For range and depth of coverage there is no other work like it. It has become the definitive book on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415128834
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 832,410
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Conventions
Chronology
I Europe Between War and Peace, 1555-1618 1
i The Habsburgs and Europe 2
ii Germany before the war 11
iii The Union, the League and the politics of Europe 22
iv The gathering storm 34
II The Indecisive War, 1618-1629 42
i The war for Bohemia 43
ii Europe and the Palatine war 55
iii The Danish intermezzo 64
III The Habsburgs Victorious 74
i The Imperial vision 75
ii The practice of absolutism I: 1621-1626 80
iii The practice of absolutism II: 1626-1629 85
iv Spain and the war 92
IV Total War 99
i On the edge of the abyss 100
ii 1630-1632: The intervention of Sweden 108
iii 1633-1635: Oxenstierna versus Wallenstein 119
iv France's 'war by diversion' 129
V Countdown to Peace 138
i The Swedish dilemma 140
ii 1635-1642: The deadlock broken 145
iii 1643-1647: The defeat of the Habsburgs 152
iv 1647-1650: The making of peace 160
VI The War in Myth, Legend and History 170
i The universal soldier 171
ii The war and German society 186
iii The war and politics 192
Maps 203
Abbreviations 212
Notes 213
Bibliographical essay 248
Index of authors 273
General index 281
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