Causes Of Thirty Years War

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 Thirty Years War:
Ignited by the conflicting of politics, authority, and religion, the Thirty Years War was a major event in the course of world history. It all began in the Holy Roman Empire when Ferdinand the II began to restrict the religious freedom of his people. The protestants began to rebel against these limitations, resulting in a war that spanned several countries. Countries such as Germany, Sweden, Austria, France, and Spain, all joined this cause of fighting for religious matters. However, it soon turned into a war to keep military resources disabled in other countries. It was not until 1648 that the Peace of Westphalia was established to settle the issues at hand. The war had ended leaving destruction, death, and financial devastation
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It all began with two small countries having a disagreement, yet it ended with nearly the entire world in war. Due to the rise of nationalism and powerful militaries, nations began to want more. As battles and military attacks continued, more and more nations joined to protect and defend the side they agreed with. The more nations that got involved, the more of thousands upon thousands of men died to defend their nation. Eventually nations that were not originally involved were affected and joined the war to protect their rights and resources. It was not until 1918 when the armistice agreements were slowly signed, nation by nation, that peace began to settle again. Eventually the Treaty of Versailles was signed and the countries that instigated it all were divided up. However, when the war was finished, the world came down hard on Germany and punished the country for ultimately being the main instigator to the war that took over the …show more content…
In 1939 the fighting began again as Germany invaded Poland. Led by Adolph Hitler and allied with Italy, Germany began attacking neighboring nations and seizing control. There was a goal and desire for a perfect race that clouded the minds of many people and forced its way through European nations. Events such as the Holocaust were overwhelming people in Europe, Asia, and Africa. However, it was not long before nations such as Britain and the U.S. fought against this brutal force and succeeded. As Germany tried to invade Russia, it proved to be too difficult of a task and depleted many of their resources. It was in 1944 when American and British troops stormed the Normandy coast on D-Day and later that year that the Soviets captured Berlin, that German forces had no choice but to surrender in May of 1945, ending the

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