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The Impact of War

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Discussion topics

· Was the 'military revolution' cause or consequence of a more sophisticated state apparatus?
· How deeply did warfare disrupt the lives of early modern Europeans?
· Who had the best army in early modern Europe?


**NOTE: Some eresources are accessible only on-campus or via off-campus proxies or the athens service**





An Account of the Destruction of Magdeburg;
Royal Edict of 1626 ordering the demolition of the feudal castles in France;
Treaty of Westphalia - Prologue;
Sharing of Prizes, English Navy 1676; Sweden 1387 - 1814: Primary Documents; Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern Germany: Primary Documents


Execution of Protestant leaders in Prague 1621 
The Exercise of Armes (details) 1619;
'Jacques Callot (d.1635) and the Miseries of the Thirty Years' War': etchings by this well-knownFrench artist illustrating the miseries of the Thirty Years' War [e.g. 'Plundering a Large Farmhouse' & La Vie des Soldats" - The Large Miseries of War (1632-33), "Preparing to Fire a Cannon" and "Exercise with Halberds"] with commentary by David M. Hart (cf. link in right-hand margin)
The Battle of Wittstock 1636
View of graves on the Mass after a siege - 1675


ETexts - Online Reading available at Warwick

Jesperson, 'Social change and the military revolution in early modern Europe', HJ 26 (1983) [JStor]

Tallett, Frank. War and society in Early-Modern Europe: 1495-1715 (1992)

Wolfthal, Diane, 'Jacques Callot's Miseries of War', The Art Bulletin 59/2 (1977), 222-233.

Wood, James B., The king's army:warfare, soldiers, and society during the wars of religion in France, 1562-1576 (1996)

Black, Jeremy. European warfare, 1660-1815 (1994)

Wilson, Peter H. German armies:war and German politics, 1648-1806 (1998)

The British Library: Turning the Pages (Leonardo's Notebook, Mercator's Atlas, Vesalius' Fabrica, Luttrell Psalter, Sherbourne Missal)

Discovery of a mass grave from the Thirty Years' War (Independent article, 4 August 2007)



Secondary literature: impact of war

M. S. Anderson, War and Society in Europe of the Old Regime (1988)

J. Black (ed.), The Origins of Wars in Early Modern Europe (1987)

" , War in the Early Modern World (1998)

" , War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents 1450-2000 (1998)

P. Contamine (ed.), War and Competition between States (2000)

K. DeVries, 'Gunpowder weaponry and the rise of the early modern state', War in History 5 (1998)

C. R. Friedrichs, Urban Society in an Age of War: Nördlingen, 1580-1720 (1979)

J. Glete, Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe (1999)

" , War and the State in Early Modern Europe: Spain, the Dutch Republic and Sweden as Fiscal-military States (2001)

J. R. Hale, War and Society, 1450-1620 (1985)

A. James, 'Warfare and the Rise of the State', in M. Hughes and W.J. Philpott (eds), Palgrave Advances in Modern Military History (2006)

" , The Navy and Government in Early Modern France, 1572-1661 (2004)

K. Jesperson, 'Social change and the military revolution in early modern Europe', HJ 26 (1983) [JStor]

G. Mortimer, Early Modern Military History 1450-1815 (2004)

G. Mortimer, Eye Witness Accounts of the Thirty Years War, 1618-48 (Basingstoke: Palsgrave, 2002)

Q. Outram, 'The socio-economic relations of warfare and the military mortality crises of the Thirty Years' War', Medical History 45/2 (Apr. 2001), 151-84.

D. Parrott, Richelieu's Army: War, Government and Society in France, 1624-1642 (2001)

" , 'The military revolution in early modern Europe', HT 42 xii (1992) [SLC]

J. R. Ruff, Violence in Early Modern Europe (2001)

B. Taylor, Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations 1689-2000 (2003)

F. Tallett, War and Society in Early Modern Europe (1992)

I. A. A. Thompson, War and Society in Habsburg Spain (1992)

P. Wilson, 'New Perspectives on the Thirty Years' War', German History 23 (2005)

J. B. Wood, The King's Army: Warfare, Soldiers, and Society during the Wars of Religion in France, 1562-1576 (1996)


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'The Prints of Jacques Callot': famous etchings by a French artist illustrating the miseries of the Thirty Years' War

'The Museum of the Thirty Years' War', an electronic guide to some of the exhibits kept at Wittstock in Germany

'The Thirty Years' War': documents and map from "About: Military History"

Thirty Years War - Primary Sources

The Thirty Years War

Jan Amos Comenius