In the new edition of this classic book, Geoffrey Parker draws on material from all over Europe to provide an authoritative and exciting account of the eventful first half of the seventeenth century. The continent enjoyed scarcely a year of peace during this period. Instead revolution, civil war and complex international conflicts brought many states to the edge of collapse in the 1640s. Professor Parker examines three crucial conflicts: the desperate struggle of the Habsburgs with France and the Dutch Republic: the rivalry of Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Poland for control of the Baltic, and the confrontation between the Austrian Habsburgs and their subjects which escalated into the Thirty Years' War. He also illuminates the leading social, ecomic and intellectual developments of the period. The new edition has been revised throughout and includes an updated bibliography.
Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at Ohio State University. He previously taught at Yale University (1993-96) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was department chair from 1989 to 1991. He also taught at the Universities of Cambridge and St Andrews in Britain and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in Canada. His many books include The Military Revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800 (1988), the winner of two book prizes, Philip II (1978), now in its third edition, The Grand Strategy of Philip II (1998) The Dutch Revolt (revised edition, 1984), and The Thirty Years' War (revised edition, 1997).