In the new edition of this classic book, Geoffrey Parker draws on material from all over Europe to provide an authoritative and exciting account of the eventful first half of the seventeenth century. The continent enjoyed scarcely a year of peace during this period. Instead revolution, civil war and complex international conflicts brought many states to the edge of collapse in the 1640s.
Professor Parker examines three crucial conflicts: the desperate struggle of the Habsburgs with France and the Dutch Republic; the rivalry of Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Poland for control of the Baltic, and the confrontation between the Austrian Habsburgs and their subjects which escalated into the Thirty Years' War. He also illuminates the leading social, economic and intellectual developments of the period.
The new edition has been revised throughout and includes an updated bibliography.
About the Author
Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University. He previously taught at Yale University (1993-96) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was department chair from 1989 to 1991. He also taught at the Universities of Cambridge and St Andrews in Britain and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada. His many books include The Military Revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800 (1988), the winner of two book prizes, Philip II (1978), now in its third edition, The Grand Strategy of Philip II (1998) The Dutch Revolt (revised edition, 1984), and The Thirty Years' War (revised edition, 1997).
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Maps.
List of Tables.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Note on Conventions.
Prelude: Prague Spring.
1. European Society and the Economy.
Climate and Crisis.
Rich and Poor.
Supply and Demand.
An Economy on the Edge of Crisis.
2. European Society and the State.
The Theory of Absolutism.
The State and War.
3. The Times of Troubles in the East, 1593-1618.
The Austrian Habsburgs and the Turks.
The Vasas and their Enemies.
The Rape of Russia.
4. Armed Neutrality in the West, 1598-1618.
The Recovery of France.
The Netherlands Divided.
Spain under Philip III.
5. The Apogee of Habsburg Imperialism, 1618-1629.
The Bohemian Revolt.
Years of Victory.
Rise and Fall of a Coalition.
France and the Cold War for Italy.
6. The Defeat of the Habsburgs, 1629-1635.
Sweden and Poland.
Gustavus Adolphus and Wallenstein.
7. War and Revolution, 1635-1648.
On the Edge of Disaster.
The Crisis of the Spanish Monarchy.
The End of the Eighty Years' War.
The End of the Thirty Years' War.
8. The Culture of Post-Renaissance Europe.
War and Culture.
The Culture of Everyday Life.