Medieval and Modern History; An Outline of Its Development

Medieval and Modern History; An Outline of Its Development

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...influence was entering into the religious war. Richelieu was a Catholic. He was a cardinal of the Church. But the great objects of his life were political without reference to religion. He made war on the Huguenots, but left them all their religious rights. He supported Protestant armies and sent his own to fight on that side, that he might weaken the Austrian power and put France at the head of Europe. This is the passing away of the Reformation as an influence which controls international politics and the action of States, and the beginning again of the conflict by diplomacy and war for national aggrandizement. 245,246 Deaths of Gustavus and Wallenstein 251 245. Gustavus Adolphus in Germany.--The great man of the Thirty Years' War was Gustavus Adolphus, a most interesting study both from his positive characteristics and from his apparent contradictions. Most earnestly devoted to the Protestant faith, and at the head of an equally devoted army which he held under strict discipline, he was still ambitious for himself and desirous of conquest for his country. A military genius, the equal or even the superior of Wallenstein, and an innovator who revolutionized the art of war by the lighter arms and more mobile arrangements which he gave his troops, he won a remarkable series of successes from which he gained no corresponding advantages, and he died in the midst of his career at the moment of victory over Wallenstein. The interference of the Swedes in Germany was not altogether welcome to the more powerful of the Protestant princes, who feared their ulterior designs. So long was Gustavus Adolphus in forcing his way through the territories of the Elector of Brandenburg that the great city of Magdeburg fell before the assaults of Tilly, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236988345
  • 9781236988348