The 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 A deadly continental struggle, the Thirty Years War devastated seventeenth-century Europe, killing nearly a quarter of ...

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Title:The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
Author:Peter H. Wilson
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:997 pages pages

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  • Liviu
    Nov 05, 2009
    Slighlty disappointing as dull and only moderately well presented; magisterial in scope and presumably accurate and well researched, but it falls into the middle hole of not scholarly enough for a reference book and neither entertaining enough nor presented superbly by bogging down int...
  • Robert
    Jun 12, 2011
    Finally a history of one of the largest and most devastating wars that came before the World Wars. There have been others but, in my opinion, lacked the breadth and the ability to provide an entire account of what was a long and complex war. At least in English and that I know of. ...
  • Kars
    Aug 05, 2018
    If you think us Europeans are somehow ?above? sectarian war, think again. For some reason I?ve developed a strong interest in the early modern era, and the thirty years war looms large in its history. This seemed to be the best single volume on it, and although I was daunted b...
  • Mitch
    Nov 25, 2009
    This is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the 30 Years War. No stone goes unturned, but few are picked up and examined with a storyteller's eye. Rather, it is dense and difficult to read because the stories require the author to compress weeks into a sentence. I know more ab...
  • Steven Peterson
    Feb 11, 2010
    This is a difficult book. Peter Wilson clearly has provided us with a detailed volume that is a major resource on the Thirty Years War. However, it is not a reader-friendly work. For one thing, we need more maps to make sense of events--whether of the entire region being discussed or l...
  • Jack
    Feb 08, 2012
    This was a long, long read, however necessary. Thirty years of war, the events leading up to it, and the conclusion combined with other wars on the periphery lead to a large book. I recommend this book to anyone with LOTS of time and a desire to learn about this struggle. ...
  • A.J. Howard
    Jan 20, 2011
    Only upon reading the first chapeter of Europe's Tragedy did I realize how little I actually knew about the 30 Years War. Usually when I pick up a history book, I have a general idea of the subject matter. I might not have a firm grasp of the details but I'm aware of the major events, ...
  • Jonathan
    Dec 10, 2010
    Confident and compelling argument about the context, origins, experience, and consequences of the conflict. Somewhat meandering and unenthusiastic recounting of the thirty years' worth of troop movements and sieges. In short: an outstanding guide to the troubles of the major Europea...
  • Heikki
    Mar 02, 2011
    This 30 year period of European History is sadly neglected, but it seems I have found the right book for unraveling the turbulent times of 1618-1648. This war, incidentally, was the one that launched the Finns onto the world scene: King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden employed Finnish hors...
  • Anna Hanson
    Jan 14, 2018
    Serious students of military history will find much to treasure in this comprehensive examination of one of Europe's most impactful wars. Filled with detail on battles, main players, and resulting changes to the countries involved, it requires careful attention to keep track of the shi...
  • Hadrian
    Dec 11, 2011
    Nine hundred pages on one of the bloodiest wars in European history. A considerable portion of Germans, when polled, consider this to be the worst war in Germany's history, including both World Wars! Perfect Christmas-time reading. This is a very thorough one-volume overview of t...
  • Nick Sorensen
    Dec 23, 2010
    Wow, what a project. This has to be the definitive history of a war and era most Americans know little about. Very satisfying. But not as compulsively readable as (and much longer than) C.V. Wedgwood's classic account, now about 70 years old. If Wedgwood leaves you wanting more, here's...
  • Call Me Ishmael
    Jan 13, 2011
    Slog and plod. The long version. 1040 pages. So long, you forget. From the Defenestration of Prague in 1618 through Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Catholics fight to remain in control of Europe, and it turns into the worst war in Europe?s history? depopulating war. ...
  • Myke Cole
    Aug 10, 2015
    Encyclopedic and dry, Wilson's much needed text is the most comprehensive I've read on the topic. The author alternates between expertly capturing the human drama of this incredible epoch, and falling down rabbit holes of specific numbers and metrics that showcase incredible command of...
  • William
    Jul 25, 2011
    Writing a history of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) presents the historian with many problems because of the complexity of the conflict. Major stumbling blocks to the study of the war include the need to work with at least fourteen languages, study thousands of published works, and t...
  • Sean Chick
    Aug 11, 2018
    Roughly 1/3 of the book is the lead up to the war, and the narrative of the conflict (which is more dry than the lead up) is simply there to buttress his points made in the first 1/3. The complexity of the war, and Wilson's glee at punching holes in old orthodoxies, almost weighs it do...
  • James Folan
    Oct 18, 2011
    This book's erudition and scope are both its strength and weakness: the wealth of unrelenting detail makes for a gruelling read. ...
  • Mark
    Dec 05, 2011
    Peter Wilson's book is about more than the war that consumed central Europe in the 17th century. To adequately explain the factors that led up to it and influenced its outcome, he describes the context of politics and government in the Holy Roman Empire. This vast, unwieldy, and yet su...
  • Thomas Paul
    Nov 18, 2011
    There are a few problems with this book but the main one is that it is simply too long. 800 pages on the Thirty Years War is just too much unless you have an extreme interest in the topic. I was interested in learning about the war because it is one of those topics that are skimmed ove...
  • Mike
    Jun 20, 2014
    So how does someone review a book as large, in depth, and complex as this one? This conflict, which I certainly learned less than nothing about in school, was a brutal, long, and devastating war that ravaged many parts of Central Europe. Modern estimates put total losses at 15%-20% of ...
  • Scriptor Ignotus
    Mar 30, 2012
    THIRTY YEARS WARS 2014 marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War, which was itself the beginning of a conflagration which some historians have referred to as the Second Thirty Years War (1914-1945). Yet while the Second Thirty Years War continues to transfi...
  • Alex
    Feb 15, 2014
    My only issues with this book derive from the same reasons that cause the Thirty Years War to be barely studied in the US: It's complicated as all hell. Keeping mental track of the rise and fall of the multitude of colonels and generals, particularly once Sweden and France recruit Germ...
  • Catherine
    Jan 29, 2016
    This isn't a review, more of a confession. I've been trying to read this book since 2009 and thought that maybe posting it would encourage me to get on with it. If only I was strong enough to pick it up! I've wanted to know more about the Thirty Years War since 1979. We studied it at u...
  • Windsor
    Jul 24, 2013
    One of the best "chores" I have ever done. Although Wilson has a 250+ page intro in this book, it is necessary to understand the framework of a very complex war. Those who give it less than 4-5 stars dont understand what a complex war is. For a war that destroyed most of Germany and ki...
  • Mal Watlington
    Oct 04, 2012
    This book is a real doorstop (nearly 1K pages) but an absolutely fascinating read. My understanding of the events that shaped modern Europe was about 1 inch deep before I dug into Wilson's incredibly well-documented book. His analysis blows away the conventional wisdom on this era. ...
  • Robert
    Apr 05, 2013
    Outstanding dissection of the causes and course of the 30 years War. Wilson spends something like a quarter of the book exploring the 16th century origins of the conditions that set the stage for the war starting in 1618. Wilson's take on the Swedish motives for intervention is the fir...
  • Shane
    Jul 25, 2017
    The Thirty Years Wars: Europe?s Tragedy Peter H. Wilson Sometimes a work simply becomes the classic and definitive work on its subject. Such is the case of Peter H. Wilson?s The Thirty Years War. Wilson, the now Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College at...
  • José Luís  Fernandes
    Aug 30, 2014
    This work is a very good read on the Thirty Years' War. It details all of the conflict very well and contextualizes it in early Modern Europe. The author has a great knowledge of his matters and gives examples when he claims something, making his argumentation very strong. He just ...
  • Daniel Koch
    Oct 01, 2014
    Peter H Wilson's epic The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy is a wonderful analysis of a largely forgotten major European war. The sheer density of the book can be often overwhelming and confusing. I will admit there are times where the sameness of the battles began to bore me and I w...
  • 4triplezed
    Nov 02, 2011
    A subject that I knew little about. The book is set out into three parts, The Beginning, Conflict and finally Aftermath. I initially got through the 1st part of the book and realised that I knew little of the reformation. I read The Reformation In Germany by C Scott Dixon and restarted...