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This is an auction for EUROPE'S TRAGEDY: A NEW HISTORY OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR, by Peter H Wilson.

"From 1618 until 1648, brutal warfare swept across Europe. In his monumental study of the causes and the consequences of the Thirty Years War, Wilson, a professor of history at the University of Hull, challenges traditional interpretations of the war as primarily religious. He explores instead the political, social, economic as well as religious forces behind the conflict—for example, an Ottoman incursion left the Hapsburg Empire considerably weakened and overshadowed by the Spanish empire. Wilson then provides an account of the war, introducing some of its personalities: the crafty General Wallenstein; the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, who preserved his state through treaties and military operations; and Hapsburg archdukes Rudolf and Matthias, the brothers whose quarrels marked the future of Bohemia, Austria and Hungary. By the war's end, ravaged as all the states were by violence, disease and destruction, Europe was more stable, but with sovereign states rather than empires, and with a secular order. Wilson's attention to both the details and the larger picture make his the definitive history of the Thirty Years War."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

"Only in retrospect did the strife acquire coherence as the Thirty Years' War, and Wilson incisively cuts through its several phases to recount the objectives and options of the warring parties...Confidently argued, clearly written, Wilson's history is superb coverage of this pivotal period in European history."
- Booklist (US)

Penguin paperback 2010.

997 pages + illustrations.

Near new condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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