Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Thirty Years War: Why did it take so long to make peace?
The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was Europe’s most destructive conflict prior to the two twentieth-century world wars. At least 5 million people died in the Holy Roman Empire, the war’s principal battleground, or one in five of the population. It was widely believed at the time and subsequently that the conflict was an All Destructive Fury, unleashed by the pent-up religious hatred following the Reformation, and stoked by international tensions. Once begun, the war seemed to spiral out of control, becoming impossible to stop. Though the concluding Peace of Westphalia has been much discussed as a major milestone towards a modern world order, comparatively little attention has been paid to why the conflict lasted so long. Peter H. Wilson will address this, examining why peace proved so elusive and how this terrible war was eventually brought to an end.
Includes a complimentary drink.
Organised with: 20180219
Age suitability: 16+
Location: BP Theatre
Booking fee: 0.00