The Thirty Years War: A Sourcebook

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byPeter H. Wilson

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The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was the most destructive European conflict prior to the twentieth century. It reduced the population of central Europe by around a quarter and left thousands of towns and villages in ruins.

This uniquely comprehensive collection of translated documents covers all aspects of the war in the words and images of those who directly experienced it, from the key political and military decision-makers, through the middling ranks of officers and envoys to the masses of ordinary soldiers and civilians, laity and clergy, women and men.

Most of the material appears in English for the first time, including a variety of previously unpublished archival sources, all reproduced in their full original length. The wide range of sources covered includes:

• state documents
• treatises
• diplomatic and private correspondence
• diaries
• financial records
• artistic evidence

Thematically organised, the material is supported by an authoritative introduction, a guide to further reading and a full chronology, as well as extensive annotations explaining terms and points of detail. The rich source material and essential context that this book provides make it an invaluable resource for students and anyone interested in European and military history.

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The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was the most destructive European conflict prior to the twentieth century. It reduced the population of central Europe by around a quarter and left thousands of towns and villages in ruins. This uniquely comprehensive collection of translated documents covers all aspects of the war in the words and images...

PETER WILSON is GF Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull. He is author of War, State and Society in Württemberg (1995), German Armies: War and German Politics 1648-1806 (1998), The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 (1999), Absolutism in Central Europe (2000), From Reich to Revolution 1558-1806 (2004) and Shinsei Rôma Teikoku ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.89 × 6.07 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230242065

ISBN - 13:9780230242067

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
Chronology
Introduction
Political and Religious Tension in the Empire after 1555
Confessional Polarisation? Protestant Union and Catholic League
Crisis in the Habsburg Monarchy
The Bohemian Revolt and its Aftermath
Spain and the Netherlands
The War in Western and Northern Germany 1621-9
The Catholic Ascendancy
The Edict of Restitution
Swedish Intervention
The Destruction of Magdeburg, 1631
Sweden’s Search for Security and Reward, 1631-5
Wallenstein’s Second Generalship 1632-4
The Peace of Prague, 1635
War and Politics, 1635-40
Military Organisation and the War Economy
Experience
Peace Making 1641-8
The Peace of Westphalia
Peace Implementation, Celebration and Commemoration
Guide to Further Reading
Index