The Cult of the Big Book.

24 Sep

An Interlude.

Europe in 1648, after the Peace of Westphalia ended the 30 Years War, click to enlarge

By 1648, the Holy Roman Empire was in shatters.  The great France-Spain rivalry that had animated so many events in the last century was won, soon the Anglo-Dutch rivalry would take the battle to colonial seas.

The Spanish dynasty was replaced in 1700, though the Eastern Habsburgs in Austria-Hungary  and North Italy made it all the way to 1914. France  was the newly triumphant star; Britain  still recovering from civil war, but would begin the 18th century united both with Scotland and itself. Scandinavia was Lutheran and then Reformed and then Lutheran again; Belgium  was both Spanish and catholic, while the Dutch up north were republicans and Reformed. The ravaged German Confederation was Lutheran here and Catholic there, the free Cities that survived sometimes became free States.  Transylvania’s passionate reformed movement, the ‘flower of Israel in the East’, was about to became an even smaller smudge of the map: in the 1650s, the king gave into delusions of grandeur and attacked, in turn, the Poles, the Turks and the Tartars.

Early modern Europe was definitively mapped, and Poland loomed large as ever at its boundary.

11 Responses to “The Cult of the Big Book.”

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  2. chaosbogey October 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

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  3. Karen November 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    This post is included at History Carnival #92.

  4. lida dai dai November 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Ernest Hemingway~ Theres nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

  5. chaosbogey December 5, 2010 at 3:50 am #

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