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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.

A History of Europe, Key Battles Carl Rylett

    • History
    • 4.5, 361 Ratings

A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.

    51.7 Peace of Westphalia

    51.7 Peace of Westphalia

    Last decade of the Thirty Years War - French, Swedish, Spanish, German, and imperial armies fight to gain strategic advantage in a central Europe already devastated by many years of conflict and pillaging. Finally in 1648 the sides agree to the Peace of Westphalia.
    Music: Claudio Monteverdi - Lamento della ninfa, 1638, dedicated to Emperor Ferdinand III
     
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    • 35 min
    51.6 The French Enter the Thirty Years War

    51.6 The French Enter the Thirty Years War

    The French, her foreign policy led by Cardinal Richelieu, enter the Thirty Years War after the Battle of Lutzen 1632
    Music: Giovanni Paolo Cima - O Dulcedo Meliflua, 1610
     
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    • 20 min
    51.5 Battle of Lutzen 1632

    51.5 Battle of Lutzen 1632

    Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, launches a stunning attack into Germany and dramatically turns the tide of the Thirty Years War, concluding at the Battle of Lutzen 1632
     
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    • 27 min
    51.4 Early Wars of Gustavus Adolphus

    51.4 Early Wars of Gustavus Adolphus

    Before Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, got involved in the 30 Years War, he had already fought wars against Denmark, Poland and Russia
     
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    • 34 min
    51.3 Invasion of Christian IV of Denmark

    51.3 Invasion of Christian IV of Denmark

    Warfare engulfs central Europe as Spain and the Dutch renew their war and Christian IV of Denmark invades the Holy Roman empire. Ferdinand II declares the Edict of Restitution to reassert Catholicism and imperial authority
     
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    • 29 min
    51.2 The Bohemian Revolt, Defenestration of Prague 1618

    51.2 The Bohemian Revolt, Defenestration of Prague 1618

    The Thirty Years war is triggered by a revolt in Bohemia, and the famous Defenestration of Prague 1618. Frederick V of the Palatinate accepts the rebels' invitation to lead them, leading to the Battle of White Mountain for control of Prague.
     
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Customer Reviews

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361 Ratings

361 Ratings

SoCalBannon ,

Outstanding

In today’s age where history is being rewritten and the great feats of Europeans being covered up this podcast seems to be telling the truth.

SpydMC ,

WOW

All I had to do was listen to the starting music and I knew I would love it. I loved it even more when I listened to the podcast. It is so awesome!

Potato of the Year ,

Simply the best

This podcast reminds me of a university lecture. Carl is very thorough in his research. Please keep making these!

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