Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. 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 relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to ...
Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. 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 relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden into a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good. Good mass market paperback (Doubleday Anchor, 1961, 520 pages); different cover from one shown; pages clean and tight, with pencilled underlining on 15 early pages (nothing past page 51); multiple dog-eared pages; binding sound, light spine-creases; minor rubbing at top and bottom of front spine-fold; mild darkening to spine and edges of covers; on its way to you the same or next day in bubblewrap; free tracking on all domestic orders; email confirmation; standard (media) mail takes 4-14 days; expedited (priority) mail takes 2-5 days; international orders go by airmail (6-10 days).
Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
These books arrived in excellent condition, but I have not yet finished reading them, or reasons unconnected with the books themselves
Nov 19, 2009
Thirty Years War
Excellent comprehensive view of a critical period in European history. . . fascinating take on various central figures, i.e. Emperor Ferdinand, Wallenstein. . . .
exceptionally well written, even though the subject is complicated. . .stay with it and the confusions dissipate. . .
Mar 12, 2009
Diffficult but good
Reads like the history book it is. If you want an understanding of the 30 Year War in Germany this is the book for you. It is helpful it you have a good map of Germany in the time beside you as you read.
May 13, 2007
A genuine tour de force
The history of the 30 years was written by Dame C.V. Wedgwood, a distinguished historian of the Inter-War years. It is a very successful attempt to cover the complexity of those thirty years and shows a remarkable grasp of detail and a searching analysis of the major issues involved. No doubt Revisionist historians have since made their re-assessments but any reasonable critic would see this book as a genuine tour de force.
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