THE THIRTY YEARS' WAR
Author: C. V. Wedgwood
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Apr 2005
Intro by Paul Kennedy. A great narrative history about a crucial moment in the formation of the modern world. Maps, Charts; 5x8 inches, 544 pgs.
Europe in 1618 was divided between Protestants and Catholics, and Bourbon and Hapsburg ? as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless independent states. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal castle in Prague, world war spread from Bohemia with similar abandon and relentless persistence, destroying European powers from Spain to Sweden as they marched on the contested soil of Germany. Fanatics, speculators, and ordinary people found themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.
The Thirty Years War was a turning point in the making of modern Europe and the modern world: out of it came the system of nation-states that remains fundamental to international law. C. V. Wedgewood's magisterial book is the only comprehensive account of the war in English, as well as a triumph of scholarship and literature. Includes maps and charts.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"A book which is, and will long remain, the standard authority on the subject." --Spectator
ABOUT THE INTRODUCTION:
Paul Kennedy is the J. Dilworth Professor of History at Yale in New Haven, CT.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C.V. (Cicely Veronica) Wedgwood (1910-1997) was a historian whose 1944 biography, William the Silent, Prince of Orange, won the James Tait Memorial Black Prize for Biography.