|Preface / Allan I. Macinnes|
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Contributors|
|Introduction / Steve Murdoch|
|1||Scottish Ambassadors and British Diplomacy 1618-1635 / Steve Murdoch||27|
|2||Alternative Diplomacy? Scottish Exiles at the Courts of the Habsburgs and their Allies, 1618-1648 / David Worthington||51|
|3||The Scottish Parliament and European Diplomacy 1641-1647: The Palatine, The Dutch Republic and Sweden / John R. Young||77|
|4||A note on Scottish Soldiers in the Bohemian War 1619-1622 / J. V. Polisensky||109|
|5||Scots in the French and Dutch armies during the Thirty Years' War / Matthew Glozier||117|
|6||Scotland: Sweden's Closest Ally? / Alexia Grosjean||143|
|7||New Perspectives: Alexander Leslie and the Smolensk War, 1632-4 / Paul Dukes||173|
|8||Scottish Soldiers, Poland-Lithuania and the Thirty Years' War / Robert I. Frost||191|
|9||Robert Monro: Professional Soldier, Military Historian and Scotsman / William S. Brockington||215|
|10||Wish You Were Here? Scottish reactions to 'Postcards' home from the 'Germane Warres' / Dauvit Horsbroch||245|
|11||German reactions to the Scots in the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War / Hartmut Ruffer, Kathrin Zickermann||271|
“This is an important collection.
It firmly places Scotland within a context that is often overlooked
by historians of the period, including this reviewer. It will never
again be possible to imagine that while Europe was torn apart by warfare,
the Scots watched from the sidelines. The thousands of soldiers who
never returned home along with those who did come back with their stories
and their scars are testament to the Scottish contribution to yet another
"While the sheer number of Scots fighting abroad is impressive (50,000
at least from 1618 through 1648) it is the specificity with which
these are treated that strikes the reader. Foreign archives supply
much of the evidence presented here. Contributors with a proven facility
in the records of the various countries that participated in the
wars of religion have been chosen to represent that theatre and the
Scots' role therein. This international effort is testimony to the
excellence of the Aberdeen history programme. By bringing to light
Scotland's international influence in the seventeenth century, the
contributors have enhanced our understanding of the Scottish nation."
|"All told this is a topflight collection of
essays that should provide a springboard for much future research. By
highlighting the Scots' role in the Thirty Years' War, Murdoch et al.
have made an important contribution to our understanding of a neglected
aspect of the Thirty Years' War, one I hope will be more fully developed
in the years to come."
Glenn S. Sunshine, The Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXV, 1: No 216, 2004
|"These essays contribute significantly to
our knowledge of Scottish Military and diplomatic involvement in the
Thirty Years' War. The study shows that the Scottish contribution to
the conflict was more significant than previously believed. The study
also makes a valuable contribution to the growing knowledge of warfare
during the first half of the seventeenth century."
William Young, The Journal of Military History, vol. 67, no.1, 2003
|"Murdoch rightly highlights the need for closer
examination of the domestic impact on Scotland itself. Equally, some
of the contributions in this volume raise questions about concepts of
national identity, other overlapping cultural loyalties, actual levels
of understanding across a multitude of dialects and languages, and the
extent to which individual participants had a sense of the overall dimensions
of the war and its political repercussions beyond their personal network.
In the long run, work on questions such as these will substantially affect
the way we regard not just 'British' identities, but also self-perceptions
across early seventeenth-century Europe as a whole."
Thomas Munck, Scottish Economic and Social History, vol. 22, part 1, 2002
|As a whole the book offers a broad introduction to an area of research which
many extensive and important connections with Sweden. Despite the great military
significance of the Scots during the first half of Sweden’s “age of greatness” it is
evident how little research, i.e. from the other [Scottish] side, has filtered through to
Swedish readers and academics. A golden opportunity to amend this lack is presented
here and to obtain a useful perspective on a central part of Swedish military history
during the Thirty Years’ War.
Lars Ericson, Militärhistorisk Tidskrift (2002)