Steve Murdoch (editor)
Scotland and the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 (Brill, Leiden, 2001)  
ISBN 90 04 12086 6

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Contents
 
Preface / Allan I. Macinnes
Abbreviations
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
       
Index

Reviews

“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 European tragedy”
Keith M. Brown, The Innes Review, no.56, 2005

"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."
Mark C. Fissel, Scottish Historical Review, LXXXIII, 2: No 216, October 2004

 
"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 holds
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)

 

 


 


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