Penguin Book

Europe's Tragedy

Peter H. Wilson

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 a degree that many towns and regions simply never recovered. All the major European powers apart from England were heavily involved and, while each country started out with rational war aims, the fighting rapidly spiralled out of the control, with marauding bands of starving soldiers spreading plague, famine and murder. The war was both a religious and political one and it was this tangle of motives that made it impossible to stop. By its end a recognisably modern Europe had been created, at a terrible price. Peter Wilson's new book is the definitive account, the first in a generation, and a fascinating, brilliantly written attempt to understand a compelling, terrible series of events.

Peter Wilson is the Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull and the author of a brilliant short study of The Holy Roman Empire.

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  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Harvard University Press
Peter H. Wilson
Peter H. Wilson
Peter H. Wilson
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