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EUROPE'S TRAGEDY: A NEW HISTORY OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR

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Synopsis: EUROPE'S TRAGEDY: A NEW HISTORY OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and regions never recovered. All the major European powers apart from Russia were heavily involved and, while each country started out with rational war aims, the fighting rapidly spiralled out of control, with great battles giving way to marauding bands of starving soldiers spreading plague and murder. The war was both a religious and a political one and it was this tangle of motives that made it impossible to stop. Whether motivated by idealism or cynicism, everyone drawn into the conflict was destroyed by it. At its end a recognizably modern Europe had been created but at a terrible price. Peter Wilson's book is a major work, the first new history of the war in a generation, and a fascinating, brilliantly written attempt to explain a compelling series of events. Wilson's great strength is in allowing the reader to understand the tragedy of mixed motives that allowed rulers to gamble their countries' future with such horrifying results. The principal actors in the drama (Wallenstein, Ferdinand II, Gustavus Adolphus, and Richelieu) are all here, but so is the experience of the ordinary soldiers and civilians, desperately trying to stay alive under impossible circumstances.

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ISBN 9780141006147
Weight 0.715
Publisher PENGUIN GROUP (UK)
Book Size (cm.) 198 x 129 x 43
Language English
Number of Pages 1024

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The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and regions never recovered. All the major European powers apart from Russia were heavily involved and, while each country started out with rational war aims, the fighting rapidly spiralled out of control, with great battles giving way to marauding bands of starving soldiers spreading plague and murder view all

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WILSON, PETER H.

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Peter H Wilson joined the Department as GF Grant Professor of History in January 2007, having worked previously at the universities of Sunderland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In addition, he taught at High Point University, North Carolina, in 2011, and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Münster, Germany. He did his BA at Liverpool and PhD at Jesus College Cambridge. He is a specialist in early modern German history, particularly the political, military, social and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire between 1495 and 1806. He is also interested in the impact of war in wider European and world development from the seventeenth century to around 1900.

Between 2002 and 2009 he coordinated the German History Society’s series of annual workshops on early modern German history with Dr Michael Schaich at the German Historical Institute, London. He is one of the curators of the international exhibition to mark the tricentenary of the birth of Frederick ‘the Great’, held in Potsdam in 2012). A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has served on the committee of the German History Society and is on the editorial advisory boards of The International History Review (2006-10), H-HRE, War and Society, and the Studies in European History series (Palgrave). He is currently an external assessor for the German Federal Government Excellence Initiative.

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