September 13, 2017

The Thirty Years War

Filed under: Europe, France, Germany, History, Religion — Tags: , , , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 10 Nov 2014


The Thirty Years’ War was fought from 1618-1648 (Thirty Years!) in the Holy Roman Empire. It began as a conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Bohemia, but grew to involve Denmark, Sweden, and France. After the French began helping Gustavus Adolphus, the Protestant king of Sweden, the lines became blurry and the war became more about the balance of power in Europe than about religion. The Peace of Westphalia paved the way for France to become the dominant power in Western Europe and for the permanent decline of the Holy Roman Empire as a political institution.

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  1. Not bad, but I am puzzled that Spain and the Netherlands get so little coverage. That’s like talking about the Cold War (or WW II) without at least mentioning EITHER the European conflicts OR East Asia.

    Comment by steve muhlberger — September 14, 2017 @ 09:18

  2. I suspect it omits things that are de-emphasized on the AP exams. I haven’t watched any of his other videos yet, so perhaps it’s covered separately.

    Comment by Nicholas — September 14, 2017 @ 09:59

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