The Thirty Years War : Early Modern Europe

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Malcolm Michels Navarro November 15, 2015 HST 111 – Early Modern Europe Thirty Years Wasted The Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648) was a large influence in the pivotal turning point that changed European history for the decades to come. The long, painful war was composed of a series of battles that were primarily fought on German soil with several nations taking part. It was commonly seen to have begun when the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II of Bohemia attempted to restrain other religious activities under his governing body . As a result, Ferdinand sparked a rebellion among Protestants to debunk the old centralized Roman Catholic empire. Religious catastrophes coupled with political struggles sparked the Thirty Years War and would later have severe implications on how Europe would operate politically, religiously and diplomatically. The Thirty Years War, the religious war to end all wars, would be remembered as one of the most significant events in European history. So what exactly sparked the war? “The war began as a conflict between Protestant German princes and the Catholic emperor over religious constitutional issues” and was officially ignited in 1618 with the Defenestration of Prague . The built up religious tension between nations had created some momentum and this act sparked a war. In 1618, members of the predominantly Protestant Behmian legislature threw two imperial officials out of the third story castle window as a protest against the religious policies that

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