The Thirty Years' War 1618–1648

The Thirty Years' War 1618–1648

  • Author: Richard Bonney
  • Publication Date: 6 Jun 2014
  • Number of Pages: 96
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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'.

Biographical Note

The Revd Professor Richard Bonney is Professor of Modern History and Head of the Department of History at the University of Leicester. His books include ‘The European Dynastic States, 1494-1660’ (Oxford, OUP, 1991); (ed. and contributor), ‘Economic Systems and State Finance’ (OUP/ESF, 1995); ‘The Limits of Absolutism in ancien régime France’ (Variorum, 1995); (editor and contributor), ‘The Rise of the Fiscal State in Europe, c.1200-1815’ (Oxford University Press, 1999); joint editor and contributor with W.M. Ormrod and M.M. Bonney, ‘Crises, Revolutions and Self-Sustained Growth: Essays in European fiscal history, 1130-1830’ (Shaun Tyas, Stamford, UK, 1999)

Contents

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?

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