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Wilson, Peter H. (Peter Hamish)

Overview
Works: 24 works in 246 publications in 3 languages and 10,038 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Peter H Wilson
The Thirty Years War : Europe's tragedy by Peter H Wilson( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deadly continental struggle, the Thirty Years War devastated seventeenth-century Europe, killing nearly a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to towns and countryside alike. In a major reassessment, Wilson argues that religion was not the catalyst, but one element in a lethal stew of political, social, and dynastic forces that fed the conflict--a conflict that ultimately transformed the map of the modern world
The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 by Peter H Wilson( Book )

44 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on a wealth of specialist studies, Peter Wilson offers an alternative way of looking at the Empire, seeing it not as a failed monarchy or flawed forerunner of a later German nation-state, but on its own terms as a multi-layered structure, combining monarchical, hierarchical and federal elements. Key stages in the Empire's development are explained within the context of wider European history while a final section provides a comprehensive guide to its main institutions and developments across the last four centuries of its existence."--BOOK JACKET
Heart of Europe : a history of the Holy Roman Empire by Peter H Wilson( Book )

10 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire distilled the disdain of generations when he quipped it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states. And its legacy can be seen today in debates over the nature of the European Union. Heart of Europe traces the Empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the Empire remained stubbornly abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy--the nadir being the sack of Rome in 1527 that killed 147 Vatican soldiers. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the Empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the Empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars, when a crushing defeat by Napoleon at Austerlitz compelled Francis II to dissolve his realm."--Provided by publisher
War, state, and society in Württemberg, 1677-1793 by Peter H Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wider social and political impact of these policies is also investigated in a comparative framework, while traditional interpretations of the dramatic struggle between duke and estates are challenged in a reassessment of the role of early modern representative institutions in German state development. The relationship of these internal political struggles to the different elements of the Holy Roman Empire is revealed, opening up new perspectives on the role of the German states within the imperial structure and revealing the empire as a flawed but functioning political system
From Reich to revolution : German history, 1558-1806 by Peter H Wilson( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"German history after the Reformation is often seen as a confusing period of political failures before the emergence of powerful states such as Prussia give some coherence to the national story. The inability of Emperor Charles V to solve Germany's political and religious problems by 1558 seems to condemn the country to the chaos of the Thirty Years War and the subsequent partition of the Reich, or Holy Roman Empire, into virtually independent states until its final collapse in 1806." -- from the cover
Absolutism in central Europe by Peter H Wilson( Book )

18 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Absolutism in Central Europe is about the form of European monarchy known as absolutism, how it was defined by contemporaries, how it emerged and developed, and how it has been interpreted by historians, political and social scientists. This book investigates how scholars from a variety of disciplines have defined and explained political development across what was formerly known as the 'age of absolutism'. It assesses whether the term still has utility as a tool of analysis and it explores the wider ramifications of the process of state-formation from the experience of central Europe from the early seventeenth century to the start of the nineteenth
Europe's tragedy : a history of the Thirty Years War by Peter H Wilson( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618?48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and regions never recovered. All the major European powers apart from England were heavily involved and, while each country started out with rational war aims, the fighting rapidly spiralled out of control, with great battles giving way to marauding bands of starving soldiers spreading plague, famine and murder. The war was both a religious and a political one and it was this tangle of motives that made it impossible to stop
A companion to eighteenth-century Europe by Peter H Wilson( Book )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Companion brings together 31 essays by leading international scholars to provide an overview of the key debates on eighteenth-century Europe. It considers not just major western European states, but also the often neglected countries of eastern and northern Europe." "Placing Europe within an international context, contributors investigate key areas of society, economics, culture, and political development. The book concludes with the French and other European revolutions that brought the century to a close, both chronologically and as regards the Ancien Regime."--Jacket
German armies : war and German politics, 1648-1806 by Peter H Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bogen undersøger tyske væbnede styrker, krige og tysk politik i tiden 1648-1806 i en bredere social, kulturel og international sammenhæng....Se også NYT FRA KGB, nr.2/1999, bog nr.6
The Thirty Years War : a sourcebook by Peter H Wilson( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This uniquely comprehensive collection of translated documents covers all aspects of the war in the words and images of those who directly experienced it, from the key political and military decision-makers, through the middling ranks of officers and envoys, to the masses of ordinary soldiers and civilians, laity and clergy, women and men
The Holy Roman Empire : a thousand years of Europe's history by Peter H Wilson( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this strikingly ambitious book Peter H. Wilson explains how the Empire worked. It is not a chronological history, but an attempt to convey to readers the Empire's unique nature, why it was so important and how it changed over its existence. The result is a tour de force - a book that raises countless questions about the nature of political and militar power, about diplomacy and the nature of European civilization and about the legacy of the Empire, which has continued to haunt its offspring, from Imperial and Nazi Germany to the European Union."
The bee and the eagle : Napoleonic France and the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1806 by Alan I Forrest( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The year 2006 marked the bicentenary of two seminal events in German and French history: the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire that had encompassed much of Europe for over a millennium, and its replacement by a new, French-sponsored political order. The juxtaposition of the two empires in 1806 offers an ideal opportunity for a comparative approach to the transition towards modernity and the role of France and Germany in the construction of Europe. This volume indicates that the contrast is considerably more complex than is commonly assumed, and offers the first comparative treatment of the key themes of Empire, monarchy, political cultures, feudalism, war and military institutions, nationalism, identity and everyday experience."--Jacket
1848 : the year of revolutions by Millie Taylor( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Europe was swept by a wave of revolution in 1848 that had repercussions stretching well beyond the continent. This volume brings together essays from leading specialists on the international dimension, national experiences, political mobilisation, and reaction and legacy
Warfare in Europe 1815-1914( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Dreißigjährige Krieg Eine europäische Tragödie by Peter H Wilson( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Dreißigjährige Krieg kostete Millionen Leben und veränderte die politische wie religiöse Landkarte Europas. Bis heute hält die Auseinandersetzung mit dem verheerenden Krieg an. War es ein "teutscher" Krieg? In erster Linie ein Religionskrieg? Oder war es der Kampf Frankreichs, Schwedens, Englands, niederländischer und deutscher Protestanten gegen die spanisch-habsburgische Hegemonie? Peter H. Wilsons große Gesamtdarstellung nimmt alle Aspekte in den Blick: beginnend mit der Vorgeschichte des Krieges und einem europaweiten Panorama der strukturellen Gegebenheiten über eine breite Schilderung des Kriegsgeschehens bis hin zum Westfälischen Frieden und den Folgen. In die Darstellung eingestreut finden sich Kurzporträts der wichtigsten politischen und militärischen Akteure. Doch Wilson verharrt nicht auf der Ebene der großen Gestalter, ihn interessieren immer auch Schicksal und Lebensrealitäten der gewöhnlichen Soldaten und Zivilisten. Ein opus magnum im besten Sinn
Heart of Europe a history of the holy roman empire by Peter H Wilson( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Holy Roman Empire lasted a thousand years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states. Heart of Europe traces the Empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. By the mid-tenth century its core rested in the German kingdom, and ultimately its territory stretched from France and Denmark to Italy and Poland. Yet the Empire remained abstract, with no fixed capital and no common language or culture. The source of its continuity and legitimacy was the ideal of a unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with the pope over supremacy. Though the title of Holy Roman Emperor retained prestige, rising states such as Austria and Prussia wielded power in a way the Empire could not. While it gradually lost the flexibility to cope with political, economic, and social changes, the Empire was far from being in crisis until the onslaught of the French revolutionary wars
War, state, and society in Württemberg, 1677-1793 by Peter H Wilson( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a radical new interpretation of the aims of the lesser German princes during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the example of the duchy of Württemberg. Arguing that the princes' political ambitions were fundamental in shaping the internal development of their territories, the author sheds new light on the political importance of the notorious German 'soldier trade' and its role in international diplomacy. The wider social and political impact of these policies is also investigated in a comparative framework, while traditional interpretations of the dramatic struggle between duke and estates are challenged in a reassessment of the role of early modern representative institutions in German state development. The relationship of these internal political struggles to the different elements of the Holy Roman Empire is revealed, opening up new perspectives on the role of the German states within the imperial structure and revealing the empire as a flawed but functioning political system
Shinsei rōma teikoku : 1495-1806( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in Early Modern History by Peter H Wilson( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Thirty Years War : Europe's tragedy
Alternative Names
Peter H. Wilson britischer Historiker

Peter H. Wilson British historian

Peter H. Wilson Brits historicus

Wilson, Peter

Wilson, Peter 1963-

Wilson, Peter H.

Wilson, Peter Hamish.

Wilson, Peter Hamish 1963-

ウィルスン, ピーター・H

Languages
English (229)

German (7)

Japanese (3)

Covers
The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806War, state, and society in Württemberg, 1677-1793From Reich to revolution : German history, 1558-1806Absolutism in central EuropeEurope's tragedy : a history of the Thirty Years WarA companion to eighteenth-century EuropeGerman armies : war and German politics, 1648-1806The Thirty Years War : a sourcebook