Spotlight on Games
Thirty Years War Bibliography
Games about the Thirty Years War (1618-48) such as
Holy Roman Empire
Books of Interest
The Thirty Years' War by Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood
This is the classic reference, at least in English, and covers the entire
chronology of the war. A pure politico-military history, it is somewhat out
of step with more recent ways of doing history (Wedgwood was born 1910)
as well as opinionated (basically holding the German princes responsible
for not pulling together), but is probably still the
single best introduction to the war as well as very enjoyable read.
The Thirty Years' War (first published 1984, revised for 1997)
edited by Geoffrey Parker and Simon Adams
A different approach to presenting the war. It is written by a number of
different authors and examines questions from all sides without any attempt
to present a complete chronology except for a short summary at the end.
Although I found a tiny error in the book, overall it presents a number
of interesting questions and thoughts. The bibliographical essay is
The Thirty Years' War (1990) by Herbert Langer
Translated from German
this social history takes a look at what it was like for people at
all levels to live their daily lives during the course of the Thirty
Years War. A fascinating and important reminder of the real consequences
The Adventurous Simplicissimus
by Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
Grimmelshausen who lived 1625-1676 actually experienced the war
firsthand and was a pamphleteer for part of it. His fictionalized
account of war refugees is riveting and was later adapted into the
Bertolt Brecht play
Mother Courage and Her Children. An invaluable primary source.
by Alessandro Manzoni
Completed in 1823, the novel whose title in Italian is
I Promessi Sposi describes some of the events which occurred
in northern Italy.
- Thirty Years War (1985, UK)
by Peter Limm
Said to be a useful brief introduction.
- Thirty Years' War by Theodore K. Rabb (1982, UK)
Views of 21 authors in less than one hundred pages.
The Thirty Years War (1971) by Joseph V. Polisenský
Said to have a definite point of view. Translated from the Czech.
Also can be found as
War and Society in Europe, 1618-1648 (1971).
Thirty Years' War, 1618-48 (UK) by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Gustavus Adolphus and the Thirty Years War (1963) by
Charles Robert Leslie Fletcher (1857-1934)
The Thirty Years War and the Conflict for European
Hegemony, 1600-1660 (1966) by Sigfrid Henry Steinberg.
The Thirty Years War: The Holy Roman Empire and Europe, 1618-48 (1997)
by Ronald G. Asch
I haven't seen this new one yet. The information at the other end of the
link seems to indicate it touches on some previously little-visited topics
such as finance and logistics.
- The Last Valley (1971)
Directed by James Clavell ("Shogun") and starring Michael Caine
("The Man Who Would Be King").
Tue Feb 27 16:32:39 PST 2001