Peter H. Wilson


On his book The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy

Cover Interview of April 23, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The real tragedy of the Thirty Years War is that it could have been avoided.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The Holy Roman Empire enjoyed 63 years of internal peace between 1555 and 1618—an era of tranquility in German history only matched in 2008 by the continuous peace since 1945.”

On the second:

“The Peace of Westphalia is also associated with a shift to a more secular, tolerant society.  I indicate in the book that this view is not entirely correct. The peace still left the Empire ‘holy’ in the sense of Christian—all other faiths were denied recognition.”