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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (20 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: June 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 1/10/2014

    " Got about a third of the way through this but it was a struggle. Despite interesting topic, writing style was needlessly complex and confusing. May pick this up again someday, but more likely I'll find a better book on the subject and start over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ketsugami | 1/5/2014

    " Tangled but fascinating. About as good a telling of this inherently hyper-complicated bit of history as can be imagined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/4/2014

    " I read this because there were too many descriptions of food in G.R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice." There's just as much political/family intrigue here but it's much easier to read on an empty stomach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynn | 12/19/2013

    " Fantastic book. Wedgwood brings the various players to life and elucidates the factors that lead to the war as well as the way the war's legacy changed Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/17/2013

    " Masterful history of this era in European history. Warning: its a long and complicated affair (it lasted 30 years), and forces the reader to learn German geography to follow the action, but it is worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 12/3/2013

    " The Thirty Years War was an insanely complex maze of alliances, betrayals, and disasters based on the Protestant and Catholic division of Europe, but C.V. Wedgwood does a nice job of making sense of a senseless war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redsteve | 11/21/2013

    " Now, I finally feel like I've got a handle on the Thirty Years War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonfaith | 11/6/2013

    " This book was loved, without a doubt, despite the lack of causality, it was a narrative feast of how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 7/24/2013

    " Good book. A little difficult to keep up with the different people and places in spots (I just had to slow down and backtrack a little). All the different political maneuvering was interesting. Recommended for those who want to learn more about the 1600s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 5/17/2013

    " Considering the convoluted politics going on during the time period, Wedgwood makes a complicated history very readable. It furthered my understanding of many events both of the times (1619-1649 roughly) and the following centuries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/4/2013

    " Loved this book! The author found a way to interject notes and commentary that could never be gleaned by straight up-and-up reading of the facts...Entertaining. The only thing that would have made it better would have been detailed maps containing the many places referenced throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Robertus | 4/2/2013

    " There are many historians who have written on this time, but few who are actually good authors. Ms. Wedgewood is exceptional in both capacities, and this often overlooked era of European history, in all of its complexities and relevance, is made very accessible by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/26/2013

    " This woman is my hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/15/2012

    " Good old-fashioned narrative history--the kind that is a pleasure to read (if, in this case, an extremely grim one) and not a duty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 8/9/2012

    " Fascinating stuff, but I plan to read other books covering the early years of the conflict before returning to see how things pan out (badly, of course, for Europe, but I'm optimistic about the book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 6/29/2012

    " I am reading this book for the second time in the past couple of years. I don't know why I only gave it 4 stars earlier. One of the best history books I've read for its narrative sweep. Up there with Battle Cry of Freedom. "

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