Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy

The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy


A deadly continental struggle, the Thirty Years War devastated seventeenth-century Europe, killing nearly a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to towns and countryside alike. Peter Wilson offers the first new history in a generation of a horrifying conflict that transformed the map of the modern world.When defiant Bohemians tossed the Habsburg emperor’s envoys from the castle windows in Prague in 1618, the Holy Roman Empire struck back with a vengeance. Bohemia was ravaged by mercenary t…

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People at work make fun of me for knowing so much about the Ottoman Empire(r/eu4)

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It’s extremely thorough, which is both good and bad, because that war contained so many competing interests and an infinite number of notable generals and politicians that it can be overwhelming to remember who is doing what to whom and who wants what. But that said, I think that’s really just the nature of the war itself. I definitely recommend it, if you have the patience to finish it. I bought the book knowing relatively little about the 30 years war and now know a lot more about it, and it’s pretty well-written as well. Definitely recommend it.

The thirty years war was a crazy, huge, complicated thing and that book gives an overview of all of it. All that information can be daunting, but it’s a great book. It’s also a great time capsule of how government worked in that time frame, as well as society in general. And it helps explain why the Netherlands exists, too.

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Peter H. Wilson

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