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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

why/how is the Thirty Years War such a confusing war to understand?

it is like so confusing, but why, how this is true?

Update:

it really was a long continious SERIES of wars that began with the Dutch Revolt ?  it might be called the 80 year war or 100 year war? why just 30 year war?

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  • C
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    It's confusing because there were so many actors with their own objectives.  It's not really one war but several interlocking wars.  The people caught up in it did not perceive of themselves as a being a part of one great big war at the time it was happening so in that respect it was different to the World Wars where the actors felt part of a bigger conflict than their individual campaigns.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    a.) Because it lasted so long, b.) because there were so many actors to begin with. Germany in the 1600's was a collection of  several hundred kingdoms, dukedoms, baronies and imperial cities. The Holy Roman Empire wasn't an empire an Emperor that was actually elected by a consituent set of Electors. I forget who all of them are, but here goes, Prussia, Saxony, Mainz, Bohemia and Julich, and there were a couple of others. There was also the mix of France. At the time France's sworn enemy was Spain, and by definition Austria. There was also Denmark and Sweden trying to increase their pull on the Baltic Coast.

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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    What confuses you about it?

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  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The confusion starts with the fact that the Thirty Years War was only 29 years 11 months and 22 days long.  The war lasted almost 30 years so you will need to narrow down your point of confusion. 

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