The Thirty Years War


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  • 1. Religous feuds between the Catholics and Protestants 2. The Defenstration of Prague 3. Many countries fought to have ultimate power 4. Economic tension
  • Causes of the Thirty Years War
  • The Bohemian Phase
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  • The Danish Phase
  • What is the Thirty Years War? It is a series of conflicts in Europe between the years of 1618 and 1648. The battles mainly took place in Germany.
  • The Swedish Phase
  • Above is a depiction of the Defenstration of Prague. In it, Catholic officials were thrown from a window and fell 70 feet! Amazingly, everyone who fell survived. This is considered the start of the 30 Years War. Catholics won this phase of the war.
  • The French Phase
  • 1. Religious toleration in Germany 2. Hapsburg, HRE, and Spain lose power 3. France gains power 4. Peace Treaty of Westphalia 5. 20% of German population dies
  • Above is showing HRE (Catholic) private armies looting German Protestant towns. This was their form of payment for fighting for the Catholics. Catholics won this phase of the war.
  • Effects of the Thiry Years War
  • "French Fists, Swedish Stacks" Above is a depiction of the death of the Protestant King, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. He did have many successes on the battle field though. He died at the battle of Lutzen. Protestants won this phase of the war.
  • "French Funds, Swedish Swords" Above is the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia. Richelieu did not want Hapsburgs in power at the end of the war so he declared war on Austria with the help of Sweden and Holland. The French won this phase of the war.
  • The Peace of Westphalia
  • The Thirty Years War didn't have definite winner but if one had to be chosen, it would probably be France, because it gained the most power.
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