EUROPE IN FLAMES: THE CRISIS OF THE THIRTY YEARS WAR
320pp., 8 colour plates. 2018. A fine new study. Claiming far more lives proportionately than either the First or Second World Wars, it was a contest involving all the major powers of Europe, in which vast mercenary armies extracted an incalculable toll upon helpless civilian populations as their commanders and the men who equipped them frequently grew rich on the profits.