‘A Beginner’s Guide to the Thirty Years’ War’: a talk by Prof Steve Murdoch

13-04-22 - 13-04-22,
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Admission: £6 Adults, £5 Students/Friends of the Museum

Location: Via Zoom

The Thirty Years' War tore Europe apart from 1618 to 1648. Considered one of the most destructive wars in European history, estimates of total deaths caused by the conflict range from 4.5 to 8 million, while some areas of Germany experienced population declines of over 50% - and yet it's virtually unheard of in Britain.

What caused this bloody conflict and who was involved? How did it alter European history? What role or interest did Britain have in this conflict? This talk will examine these and other questions.

Steve Murdoch is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He is author on the history of Scotland and the Wider World in general and of Scotland and Scandinavia in particular. His monographs include Britain, Denmark-Norway and the House of StuartNetwork North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe, 1603-1746 and the award winning book The Terror of the Seas? Scottish Maritime Warfare, 1513-1713 . In 2014 he published the co-authored book (with Alexia Grosjean) Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648. He has edited several volumes including Scotland and the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 and with Alexia Grosjean Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period .

This is part of a four part lecture series on apects of the mid 1600s. Discounted combined tickets for all four talks can be purchased at: the Cromwell Lecture Series (click on this title for the link).

We are delighted to welcome over four successive Wednesdays:

Wednesday 6 April at 7.30pm - Kevin Winter on ‘’Faithful Fortress’: Newark in the Civil Wars’

Wednesday 13 April at 7.30pm - Professor Steve Murdoch on ‘A Beginner’s Guide to the Thirty Years’ War’

Wednesday 20 April at 7.30pm - Dr Anna Keay on ‘The Restless Republic: Life in the Republic of Britain’

Wednesday 27 April at 7.30pm - Jessie Childs on ‘I thank God I can give you a Good Account of Basing’

Click on the titles for more information and individual bookings.

PLEASE NOTE: This talk will be held online via Zoom. Joining details will be sent out 48 hours before the talk. The talks are recorded and will be available on a private channel for ticket holders to view afterwards if they miss the 'live' talk or wish to watch it again.

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