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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872209407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872209404
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,288,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] remarkable collection. . . provides a riveting eyewitness account. . . superb. --Times Literary Supplement



There is, to my knowledge, no other book of this sort in English that competes in giving a detailed account of the Thirty Years War. Helfferich has done a remarkable job in assembling texts that convey the sweep of the war, the religious and constitutional questions involved, the international involvement of especially Denmark, Sweden, and France, and the turbulent misery that the war produced, especially in the Holy Roman Empire. I do not know of a better representation of what the Peace of Westphalia (the two treaties, at Osnabrück and Münster) actually settled. Helfferich has done a fine job of accurately translating from German and other languages . . . and she has chosen rather large documents for inclusion instead of snipping out small paragraphs from many more documents. One thus has a chance to settle into an author's main points and to appreciate his or her style and point of view. --Erik Midelfort, University of Virginia

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Tryntje Helfferich is Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University at Lima.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Boland on February 10, 2011
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I found this book to be a wonderful look at the mindset and ways of doing things in the mid 17th century. The ways rulers attempt to justify actions, report events and most interesting to me, the legalistic wrangling of all parties was a marvelous insight into the mindset of the ruling and educated classes of the time. Read it alone or with a history of the Thirty Year's War. I read it along with Peter Wilson's excllent book and found it useful. As I said before, it is readable by itself, but a general knowledge of the context is almost a requiremnt. Two thumbs up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Church on March 12, 2014
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This book was even better than I anticipated. Although it does not always go into great detail about many of the major battles, it gives many other valuable insights into this topic. Many important historical documents are presented in great detail. These documents including letters, diplomatic messages, diaries, etc give a good perspective into the mindset of the leaders, diplomats, soldiers and civilians living in Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Austria during the Thirty Years War. I believe this book is like a time capsule which allows one to experience what it must have been like living during that time period in Europe. If one is looking more for pure military tactics and strategy about the Thirty Years War, the Osprey publishing company has excellent books on these aspects of the war. However, if one wants to really understand the religious, political and personal motivations of the many important figures of this time period, this is a great book. Anybody with a strong interest in the Thirty Years War would likely gain a great deal of knowledge from this book. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold T. Sentman on September 23, 2014
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Excellent narrative with supporting text and references.
Having said that, I was disappointed that images were sparse. There were a few drawings but they seemed to be an after thought. I wanted to see maps, diagrams and notations that supported the text.

If you are looking for a documentary history, as the title suggests, you will find text. If you are looking for a book about the the Thirty Years war with loads of narrative, this will work.
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