ESS029: Thirty Years' War 1618-1648


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Richard Bonney

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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 warfare and the 'military revolution'.

Introduction · Chronology · Background to war: The making of alliances· Warring sides: Protestand divisions and unifying issues in the Catholic alliance · Outbreak:The Bohemian rebellion 1618-1648· The fighting: War in Germany 1621-1648 · Portrait of a soldier: The Mercenaries · The world around war: The impact of war · Portrait of a civilian: Witness accounts · How the war ended: Negotiating for the future · Conclusion and consequences: A permanent settlement?

Paperback; August 2002; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781841763781

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