The Thirty Years War was a joy to undertake, but it was one shnell of a project. Through it all, my goal was to shed light on the period, which I felt was criminally under-represented in history despite everyone acknowledging the importance of it. 1648 is the date most modern European surveys begin, justifiably or not, but what happened before that date? That's what I seek to explain, as all the previous episodes led me to this incredible story.
WDF 25.0: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part One: The End of the 16th Century
With a longer title than the war itself, we are finally here with the first of nine parts on the 30 Years War!!! I am very excited, so join me as we look at the rebuilding of France, the failures of Liz' fightback policies, the war within Ireland and much more! Thanksssss!
WDF 25.1: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Two: The Germans and the East
An insanely long title means it's time to (historically) party! So join me for the second part of our special as I delve into the crazy world of the HRE, the Poles, the Ottomans and more! This should introduce you well to the era and flesh out any questions about geopolitics you may have. Thankssss!
WDF 25.2: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Three: Years of Armed Neutrality
Welcome to the long awaited third installment of the TYW special! Today we look at Scandinavia and the history of that region; what it meant for the rest of Europe and how Europe saw it. We also look at the truce between the Dutch and Spanish, the regency of Marie de Medici and Spain's Italian preoccupations. Check us out!
WDF 25.3: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Four: Defenestrating Prague, Again
And we're back with part 4 of the 30 years war special! This time we look at the apparent cause of the war, at least in the beginning. We look at Bohemia, a lovely place, generally, and then analyse Freddy's decision to accept the crown of Bohemia, as well as Ferdinand's general mean-ness. Take a look!
WDF 25.4: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Five: 1620-1623
Wow it's great to be back! Here we bring you up to speed on the years that would make the 30 years war; the building blocks of the conflict if you will! We see a Winter King, a broken Truce and a worsening geopolitical situation that Ferdinand in particular is getting ready to chow down on. Thanks (ssssssssssss).
WDF 25.45: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Six: TALK ONE
Surprise! Sean joins me for a TALK episode as we run through Europe's pressing issues up to around 1625. Take it for a spin if you want to fill in the gaps and revise in time for the heavy hitters coming your way soon! Thankssss
WDF 25.5: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Seven: The End of the 1620's I
We're back in two parts! An even more ridiculously long title than before means that you're in for a good one as well! So sit back and relax as we look today at the machinations of Fredrick, who was still very much active from the Hague, while the Danes FINALLY make a move, and generalissimo Wallenstein emerges from Ferdinand's sleevey ace thing! Check it out! Thanksssss
WDF 25.55: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Eight: The End of the 1620's II
Part Two of 25.5 looks at Ferdinand's 'fruits of victory' within the HRE: the Edict of Restitution and the problems it was soon to pose. We then examine the changing diplomatic and strategic situation for the Habsburgs, and outline how the Dutch managed to reverse their fortunes. Thankssss.
WDF 25.6: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Nine: 1630-32 I
Great to be back with our second double batch 3 weeks later. Today we examine the diplomacy like never before; everyone gets a look in, so sit back and relax as everyone talks very nicely for selfish reasons. Some hugely overlooked issues are tackled here, as the Russian element suddenly becomes important. Thanksss
WDF 25.65: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Ten: 1630-32 II
Today we look at Gustavus' legend, imperial goings on and many other issues, as well as the diplomacy you all know and love. The battle of Breitenfeld changed everything in Europe, in the space of a day the Habsburgs were running scared after years of supremacy. Take a bite of me and enojoy!
WDF 25.7: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Eleven: 1632-1635
Hello folks! Today we look at the situation in Europe following the death of Gustavus; Axe Ox's plans for Germany and the increasing comebacks of the Habsburgs. Thankssss
WDF 25.75: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Twelve: 1635-1638
Back so soon? Today we look at the results of Nordlingen, how France justified war and how Sweden and the Dutch tried to hold on despite the new Imperial onslaught. Thanksss!
WDF 25.8: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Thirteen: 1638-1642
Welcome back! Here we look at the years 1638-42; what everyone was doing and why. Of particular mention is the Spanish ruin in the face of its angry so-called friends, as well as the numerous meetings that would soon form the backbone of Westphalia. Eventually. THANKSSSSSSS!
WDF 25.85: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Fourteen: 1642-1645
Nobody told them that Westphalia was due to be signed in a few short years, so there's still plenty going on! Spain continues to shrivel up, while France desperately goes it alone thanks to Swedish preocupation with... well I won't spoil the surprise, you should just know that France and Sweden came a little bit prepared thanks to their requests to ____ to join in the war. Well you can't expect me to give it all away can you? Just listen! And thanksssssSSSSSSSSS
WDF 25.92: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Fifteen: Making Westphalia I
So much happens in the years 1645-48 that I elected to split it into 4 more manageable episodes rather than 2 large ones. We jump into the first part here; we establish the major ideas that were going around at the time, and we introduce you to what everyone wanted and what tried to make everyone think they wanted. Thanksss!
WDF 25.94: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Sixteen: Making Westphalia II
We continue our narrative here, as everyone decides what it will take to make them make love not war. The Ottomans make a cameo too! What's not to love? Thanks!
WDF 25.96: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Seventeen: Making Westphalia III
We're back with our penultimate episode on the TYW! Within you'll find the final stages of the negotiations, especially those happening in 1646, as all involved try to leverage their way into a better position. Check it out!
WDF 25.98: SPECIAL= The 30 Years War Part Eighteen: Westphalia, Made
Finally, it's been a long time in the making, but we can at last bring you the final part of the WDF special on the TYW. Herein lies the tales that wrap up the most destructive, but also the most important, conflict in the 17th century. Here my thoughts and conclusions on the whole thing, as well as whole raft of thanksssss!