Davide Dainese

Notes on the Current State of Scholarship on the Thirty Years’ War. Part I. 1998 as a “Turning-Pointµ

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This bibliographic essay examines how Thirty Years’ War has been studied in the two last decades. It considers the main trends of German, English, French, Spanish, and Italian historiography. The central thesis is that the manner in which scholarly discourse was constructed during the 350th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia would prove paradigmatic for nearly all future debates or approaches. As a matter of method, the 26th Europaratsausstellung of Münster and Osnabrück acts as a reference point – expecially with the publication of the three related volumes published by Heinz Schilling and Klaus Bußmann. In addition, the paper aims to indicate a set of sources that still deserves assessment


  • Thirty Years’
  • War
  • Peace of Westphalia
  • Westphalian Settlement/System


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