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Books in English

Congress of Westphalia

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Conflicting Words:  The Peace Treaty of Münster (1648) and the Political Culture of the Dutch Republic and the Spanish Monarchy by Laura Manzano Baena

A look at the what problems rebels and leaders have when they negotiate with each other.  Review.


The Peace of Westphalia, 1648-1948 by Leo Gross

This article by Gross, originally published in 1948 and reproduced in this collection, is often the starting point for English speakers. (The full text of the article is available online, for free, here.)

International Relations

World Order by Henry Kissinger

Kissinger puts Westphalia at the foundation of the international state system, and devotes a few pages to it. See my comments here.




The States System of Europe, 1640-1990, by Andreas Osiander

This book covers four peace conferences, devoting considerable attention to the Congress of Westphalia, and is probably the lengthiest English-language treatment of the negotiations at Westphalia prior to 2013.


Holy Roman Empire

Germany and the Holy Roman Empire, by Joachim Whaley


Books on the Thirty Years’ War

The Thirty Years’ War by Geoffrey Parker et al.

For background on the war that preceded the peace, this is the standard work in English. About half the chapters were written by Geoffrey Parker, the other half by specialists in various fields.

The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy, by Peter Wilson


The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History, by Tryntje Helfferich

A document collection with narrative. Also available in an abridged version as The Essential Thirty Years War

The Thirty Years’ War, by C. V. Wedgwood

For many years, this was the standard English-language text on the Thirty Years’ War. Now also available in an audio version.


The Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648, by Richard Bonney

In Osprey Publishing’s “Essential Histories” series, which means it is only 96 pages and contains numerous illustrations.


Experiencing the Thirty Years War: A Brief History with Documents, by Hans Medick and Benjamin Marschke

In the Bedford Series in History and Culture.