Thirty Years' War

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Thirty Years' War

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A series of wars in central Europe beginning in 1618 that stemmed from conflict between Protestants and Catholics and political struggles between the Holy Roman Empire and other powers. It ended with the Peace of Westphalia (1648).

Thirty Years' War

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(Historical Terms) a major conflict involving principally Austria, Denmark, France, Holland, the German states, Spain, and Sweden, that devastated central Europe, esp large areas of Germany (1618–48). It began as a war between Protestants and Catholics but was gradually transformed into a struggle to determine whether the German emperor could assert more than nominal authority over his princely vassals. The Peace of Westphalia gave the German states their sovereignty and the right of religious toleration and confirmed French ascendancy

Thirty Years' War

1618–48 A central and western European conflict originally fought on Catholic versus Protestant issues but becoming increasingly secularized. France and Sweden both entered on the Protestant side.
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Noun1.Thirty Years' War - a series of conflicts (1618-1648) between Protestants and Catholics starting in Germany and spreading until France and Denmark and Sweden were opposing the Holy Roman Empire and SpainThirty Years' War - a series of conflicts (1618-1648) between Protestants and Catholics starting in Germany and spreading until France and Denmark and Sweden were opposing the Holy Roman Empire and Spain
battle of Lutzen, Lutzen - a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein; Gustavus Adolphus was killed
Battle of Rocroi, Rocroi - a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1643); the French defeated the Spanish invaders
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Thereafter he fled to Paris, and finding Paris still warm after 30 years' war against Protestants, fled to Germany, just at the beginning of 30 years' war against Catholics.
This is peaceful, consoling music, totally at odds with any thoughts of the bloody 30 Years' War that raged at the time, and sung with a purity of tone that is magical at every turn.
The great powers fought other, littler wars as well, but these big events ' the 30 Years' War, the War of the Spanish Succession, the Seven Years' War and so on ' were like a general audit of their status.
The great powers fought other, littler wars as well, but these big events -- the 30 Years' War, the War of the Spanish Succession, the Seven Years' War and so on -- were like a general audit of their status.