The Later Thirty Years War: From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia

The Later Thirty Years War: From the Battle of Wittstock to the Treaty of Westphalia

by William P. Guthrie


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Continuing where the author left off in Battles of the Thirty Years War, this companion volume details the military aspects of the final years of this important early modern conflict. Whereas the earlier half of the war was dominated by a few climactic battles (White Mountain, Lutter, Breitenfeld, and Nordlingen), the later period consisted of a more drawn-out struggle between more evenly matched opponents. The successful general had to conduct strategic campaigns, in which battles, sieges, maneuvers, and logistics would all play a part. Guthrie examines broad questions of strategy, leadership, armaments, organization, logistics, and war finances.

Battles detailed in this volume include the Swedish victories of Wittstock, 2nd Breitenfeld, and Jankow; the French victories of Rheinfelden, Rocroi, Freiburg, and 2nd Nordlingen; as well as the anticlimactic action of Zusmarhausen. Guthrie emphasizes the unique aspects of the Thirty Years War, its place in the evolution of warfare and weapons, and the adjustment of the actual waging of war to the rise of the nascent linear system. Based on research previously unavailable in English, each campaign is recreated in detail, including orders of battle, tactics, and maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313324086
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series , #222
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William P. Guthrie is an independent researcher. Since receiving his PhD in 1992, he has written extensively on military history and the 17th century. This is his second book.

Table of Contents


The Early Thirty Years War

Baner's War and the Battle of Wittstock

Bernhard Sax-Weimar: The Battle of Rheinfelden

Torstensson's War: 1642-1645-Second Breitenfeld and Jankow

The Battle of Rocroi: The War in Flanders and France

Mercy and Turenne: The Battles of Freiburg and Second Nordingen

The Battle of Zusmarshausen: The End of the Thirty Years War



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Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To a large degree this is a tactical nuts-and-bolts survey of the period in question, as Guthrie places the major battles and campaigns in context; both to the war itself and to the evolving conduct of linear warfare. The major emerging theme is that the Imperial coalition lost as much due to consistently inferior field command as they did to structural factors. As for negative points, there are occasional stabs at adopting a popular tone that jar with the rest of the book. Also, if one is going to argue that factors of military leadership were the ultimate explanation of the conflict's outcome, why not be more up front about this from the start?