FREE DOWNLOAD ã The Thirty Years' War


10 thoughts on “The Thirty Years' War

  1. says:

    I’m in a uandary about what rating this book deserves On one hand it’s an excellent academic treatment of the Thirty Years War On the other hand it fails as a narrative history In this review I’ll look at the book’s strengths and weaknesses which will hopefully help you decide whether or not you should read this bookLet’s start with the positives As a source of information Parker’s The Thirty Years War undoubtedly excels It’s clear that a huge amount of research went into this book The back of this book is a wealth of notes and sources most notably including an exhaustive list of other books to read about the Thirty Years WarAlso of interest and great help to the reader are the detailed chronology collection of 24 black and white plates and a set of four excellent maps I’m sure the maps will be invaluable to all readers Luckily I have recently read plenty of books about central Europe and was thus familiar with the names and locations of the major German principalities If I wasn’t familiar with the states however I would have used referenced the maps a lot Probably the strongest aspect of the book is its balanced and objective view of the conflict Starting with a look at the causes and background the text briefly covers both minor and major theaters in all phases of the war Attention is given to the foreign powers involved but the German states and Hapsburg Empire are not ignored either Unfortunately the density of information simply makes reading this book a difficult task It’s uite possibly the densest book I’ve ever read I soon realized that if I was going to have any hope of understanding what I was reading then I would have to devote my whole focus to the book Even so I often found myself having to reread an entire paragraph or page because my attention had lapsed and I found myself unaware of what I had just read The actual narrative is only 202 pages long – a very small amount of space to cover an event as complex and confusing as the Thirty Years War There are many names and places to keep track of and there is no elaboration on the personalities which could aid the reader in remembering who is who The narrative is simply a string of events woven together with analysis With the exception of the conclusion there is no attention given to the human elements of this conflict which make it of enduring interest Particularly disappointing for me was how little time was spent on the military aspect No battle was given space than a few sentences most were dealt with in a couple words and while I understand why this was so it was consistently frustrating Aside from a page or two in the conclusion there was no information about tactics eitherSo how to evaluate this book? After reading it I do feel like I have a better understanding of the Thirty Years War That must be seen as a point in favor for the book I also must give Parker and the other contributors credit for covering such a large amount of material in such a small space However the dry nature of the prose combined with the dense content makes this book uite a task to readUltimately whether or not this book is right for you depends on what you’re looking for If you want an interesting narrative history do yourself a favor and look elsewhere If you’re seriously interested in the Thirty Years War and want to learn I’m sure you’ll find this book to be uite valuable


  2. says:

    What a great book Had been told it's a classic now I know why Parker and his team manage to tell the story of a war that sprawled all over Europe without losing the reader's interest or sanity We follow the war from its roots deep in the Holy Roman Empire to the Bohemian phase the Danish Phase The Swedish Phase and then ultimately the French Phase As each phase develops we get the causes the means found to pay for the phase and then the actions and results Instead of a incomprehensible morass of names and dates we get a reasoned approach Parker chooses the best way to tell this tale which is to follow the money For each event there are grievances that cause it actors who want to move the plot along and most importantly the means found by which the soldiery would be paid In this telling the religious elements previously the most difficult for a non Christian to divine are usually secondary to the economic easily understood But nothing is left out either Those that want to see this as a largely religious struggle will find both support and contrary evidence The war was long large ad complex but it's effect on the rest of German History is also immense This book will do much to explain the inexplicable Junior readers will need a map at hand but will find the effort rewarded For the Military EnthusiastModellerWargamer this is reuired reading but largely on background Only a mild improvement in DioramaScenarios will result but you might finally understand the events too


  3. says:

    This is a good example of schoolbook history just names dates places never a narrative Some place is besieged and then it's over No description or discussion of anything except who was leading each side Exceedingly boring On the positive side great maps pictures and timeline Need some toothpicks to prop the eyelids open 1 Star


  4. says:

    Significant battles and political movements Religious strife and great powers being sucked in with no exit plan Players rise and fall from defeat death or both The fighting continued until the financial deadlock struck them all The Thirty Years was lays the groundwork for understanding Europe prior to the Napoleonic Era This book is a great overview I stress overview of the climactic struggle known as the Thirty Years War While lacking in detail the book does a fairly good job of discussing the high points and the significant players Very little discussion is spent on those nations that had very little my opinion to do with the struggle England and the Ottoman Empire Yet during some of the discussions the book went into a very detailed description to back up the text The mixture of high level discussion with a sprinkling of extensive detail was a bit confusing but welcome Overall I gave the read four stars and recommend this book as a starter for understanding of the Thirty Years War


  5. says:

    The second major work on the 30 Years War I ever read Geoffrey Parker's book has advantages over the first in that written later it could incorporate reams of up to date research into this most complex and multifaceted of European wars I learned much from this book Parker's treatment of the religious and cultural context of the uasi autonomous pre war German states was particularly helpful But I read history for pleasure as well as for edification As literature The Thirty Years' War by Geoffrey Parker cannot compare with the brilliance of the earlier book of the same title by the great CV Wedgwood


  6. says:

    My colleague said it best It's like reading a 200 page encyclopedia entry Parker's book is a detail heavy political history Though he does his best to outline this complicated European conflict it's not without problems; I was especially bothered by the jumpy chronology The Wikipedia page is a fine substitute for this book though I would recommend the last chapter of Parker's book which does have an interesting argument about why the conflict endured as long as it did


  7. says:

    So much information is packed into so few pages with so little explanation that I became hopelessly lost I have read massive tomes of history but this one at a mere 160 pages kicked my ass by page 40 I think I know even less about the Thirty Years War Holy shit


  8. says:

    Truly an amazing book and a must read in early modern European history I think it may be impossible to write a better history about the Thirty Years' War under less than 230 pagesPros Very fun to read a uite exceptional history book Extremely short for a book which explains a very complex and long event Events are given within the context of aims and results and from both perspectives of the war Detailed statistics on troop numbers and money Spends very little time on battles troop formations tactics etc but yes this might be a negative point if you are interested in these An awesome timeline which is divided by region AND important events are given in capital letters Lots of citations a recommended reading section and an index are availableCons Can be hard to follow who is who since lots of historical characters are involved an 'important characters' section alongside the timeline would be superb but maybe I'm just pushing it at this point It would be nice if they spent time on the Peace of Westphalia


  9. says:

    There is no doubt Parker knows his stuff and is one of my favourite historians The books major strength is it draws on a diverse range of sources than a lot of preceding titles of similar length so in that regard it is a triumphHowever to me it seems like Parkers ambition was undermined by the books length It touches on a broad range of topics fleetingly without much detail Thus it ends up reading like a piece of condensed reference material than a historical novel This awkward midpoint would make me reach for Wedgwoods title for a novel and Wilsons title for something comprehensive


  10. says:

    35 stars I just finished an overview history of the Baltic that I loved This was an overview book on the 30 Years War but not as good It was a little dated being published in 1984 In this case trying to cover 30 years of warfare in 226 pages was just not enough And I can't stress enough how important it is to have maps in the middle of the book not at the end Still a good book for a uick overview of the war


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The Thirty Years' War

REVIEW ✓ THARROWEBDESIGN.CO.UK Ò Geoffrey Parker

He general reader This second edition has been thoroughly revised to include the very latest research The updated bibliographical information provides an invaluable resource synthesising the major work in the field in all languages up to 1996 The book covers the horrors of the war and the contorted politics of the period It deals with all the major figures including Wal Significant battles and political movements Religious strife and great powers being sucked in with no exit plan Players rise and fall from defeat death or both The fighting continued until the financial deadlock struck them all The Thirty Years was lays the groundwork for understanding Europe prior to the Napoleonic Era This book is a great overview I stress overview of the climactic struggle known as the Thirty Years War While lacking in detail the book does a fairly good job of discussing the high points and the significant players Very little discussion is spent on those nations that had very little my opinion to do with the struggle England and the Ottoman Empire Yet during some of the discussions the book went into a very detailed description to back up the text The mixture of high level discussion with a sprinkling of extensive detail was a bit confusing but welcome Overall I gave the read four stars and recommend this book as a starter for understanding of the Thirty Years War

CHARACTERS The Thirty Years' War

Lerstein and Richelieu Gustavus Adolphus and Tilly the Winter King and the Habsburg emperors For range and depth of coverage there is no other work like it It has become the definitive book on the subject Contributors Simon Adams Gerhard Benecke Richard Bonney John H Elliott RJW Evans Christopher R Friedrichs Bodo Nischan Geoffrey Parker E Ladewig Petersen Michael Rober There is no doubt Parker knows his stuff and is one of my favourite historians The books major strength is it draws on a diverse range of sources than a lot of preceding titles of similar length so in that regard it is a triumphHowever to me it seems like Parkers ambition was undermined by the books length It touches on a broad range of topics fleetingly without much detail Thus it ends up reading like a piece of condensed reference material than a historical novel This awkward midpoint would make me reach for Wedgwoods title for a novel and Wilsons title for something comprehensive

REVIEW ✓ THARROWEBDESIGN.CO.UK Ò Geoffrey Parker

The first edition of The Thirty Years' War offered an unrivalled survey of a central period in European history Drawing on a huge body of source material from different languages and countries throughout Europe it provided a clear and comprehensive narrative and analytical account of the subject It has established itself as the classic text with reviewers students and t I’m in a uandary about what rating this book deserves On one hand it’s an excellent academic treatment of the Thirty Years War On the other hand it fails as a narrative history In this review I’ll look at the book’s strengths and weaknesses which will hopefully help you decide whether or not you should read this bookLet’s start with the positives As a source of information Parker’s The Thirty Years War undoubtedly excels It’s clear that a huge amount of research went into this book The back of this book is a wealth of notes and sources most notably including an exhaustive list of other books to read about the Thirty Years WarAlso of interest and great help to the reader are the detailed chronology collection of 24 black and white plates and a set of four excellent maps I’m sure the maps will be invaluable to all readers Luckily I have recently read plenty of books about central Europe and was thus familiar with the names and locations of the major German principalities If I wasn’t familiar with the states however I would have used referenced the maps a lot Probably the strongest aspect of the book is its balanced and objective view of the conflict Starting with a look at the causes and background the text briefly covers both minor and major theaters in all phases of the war Attention is given to the foreign powers involved but the German states and Hapsburg Empire are not ignored either Unfortunately the density of information simply makes reading this book a difficult task It’s uite possibly the densest book I’ve ever read I soon realized that if I was going to have any hope of understanding what I was reading then I would have to devote my whole focus to the book Even so I often found myself having to reread an entire paragraph or page because my attention had lapsed and I found myself unaware of what I had just read The actual narrative is only 202 pages long – a very small amount of space to cover an event as complex and confusing as the Thirty Years War There are many names and places to keep track of and there is no elaboration on the personalities which could aid the reader in remembering who is who The narrative is simply a string of events woven together with analysis With the exception of the conclusion there is no attention given to the human elements of this conflict which make it of enduring interest Particularly disappointing for me was how little time was spent on the military aspect No battle was given space than a few sentences most were dealt with in a couple words and while I understand why this was so it was consistently frustrating Aside from a page or two in the conclusion there was no information about tactics eitherSo how to evaluate this book After reading it I do feel like I have a better understanding of the Thirty Years War That must be seen as a point in favor for the book I also must give Parker and the other contributors credit for covering such a large amount of material in such a small space However the dry nature of the prose combined with the dense content makes this book uite a task to readUltimately whether or not this book is right for you depends on what you’re looking for If you want an interesting narrative history do yourself a favor and look elsewhere If you’re seriously interested in the Thirty Years War and want to learn I’m sure you’ll find this book to be uite valuable

  • Hardcover
  • 340
  • The Thirty Years' War
  • Geoffrey Parker
  • en
  • 23 July 2019
  • null

About the Author: Geoffrey Parker

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History and an Associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University He has published widely on the social political and military history of early modern Europe and in 2012 the Royal Dutch Academy recognized these achievements by awarding him its biennial Heineken Foundation Prize for History open to scholars in any field and an