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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. V. Wedgwood Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. After 30 years of conflict, entire regions of Germany and Bohemia were depopulated and destroyed by marching armies, fire, famine, and disease. It bankrupted most of the participants while leaving thousands of German villages, towns, and even cities in smoldering ruin.

Because of the political and geographical complexity of the early 17th century, an understanding of The Thirty Years War can be difficult to grasp in the beginning. Listeners will be rewarded by patience. As an aid to comprehension, we recommend the online Wikipedia article The Thirty Years War for maps and overviews of the geography, principle leaders, and major battles.

Total running time: 19 hours and 48 minutes. Narrator: Charlton Griffin.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 1/30/2014

    " Engrossing. Written in a very dry, British manner, but still engrossing. An overview of one of the last European wars to be fought not by states, but by individuals, some of whom were motivated by spiritual convictions, others by power, many by a mixture of both. The result being calvalcades of charismatic and often psychopathic princes and their mercernary armies pillaging the crap out of central Europe. Overall, this is probably the best introductory material to what was one of the last and most violent outbursts of the Reformation in mainland Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Wrathall | 1/19/2014

    " Loved this book. In Prague, last year, we finally got to see the window of the defenestration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gregory Mcdonald | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent work of history. Ms. Wedgwood has a talent for supplying you with a profusion of facts and figures but never leting it bog down the narrative. She can deal with kings,emperors,soldiers,and peasants with equal deftness. All they tought us in school was that this war was a fight between catholics and protestants. She shows you that it was so much more complicated than that. I would have given it five stars if the book was more well supplied with quality maps. I"m a man who likes a lot of detailed maps to go with his military history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John | 1/13/2014

    " Brilliantly researched and written account of a turbulent and tragic piece of European history. This is particularly no mean feat given the length and complexity of the war, but the narrative is so lucid and clear that one follows Ms Wedgwood's writing easily and with pleasure. It does not matter if (as in my case)you knew next to nothing about this period before reading. I wish all history was written so well. "

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