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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Thirty Years War

A Sourcebook

ISBN 9780230242050
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

An edited and annotated collection of translated documents on the Thirty Years War, providing students with accessible source material on this destructive conflict. Covering all aspects of the war from a variety of contemporary perspectives, it brings together an exciting range of material from treaties to literature to eyewitness accounts.

PETER WILSON is the Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull, UK. He is author of War, State and Society in Württemberg, The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806, From Reich to Revolution 1558-1806 and Europe's Tragedy: A History of the Thirty Years War.

List of Maps and Figures
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
Peace Making 1641-8
The Peace of Westphalia
Peace Implementation, Celebration and Commemoration
Guide to Further Reading


This book isasuperb and unique means of introducing newcomers to the political and military events that shaped the course of the war. It is the rare example of a user-friendly, single-volume edition of primary sources that covers all aspects of one of the most important and protracted wars in early modern Europe.' - Michael Schaich, Research Fellow and Head Librarian, German Historical Institute, London
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