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Gustavus Adolphus (1594-l632, king of Sweden 1611-1632) was one of the dominant figures of the early seventeenth century. He made Sweden the leading power of Northern Europe; was the champion of the northern Protestant cause in the Thirty Years War; and was a great administrator as well as a brilliant soldier, whose reforms helped define the development of the modern state. His dazzling career, brought to a premature end on the battlefield of Lutzen when he was still well short of forty, is an obvious subject for treatment in the Profiles in Power series.
Michael Roberts's magisterial two-volume study of Gustavus Adolphus was published by Longman in the 1950s. It is still the standard biography; but from the very outset its monumental scale put it beyond all but the most serious student of the age. In 1973, to meet the need for a concise account of the subject designed for students and general readers, Professor Roberts published Gustavus Adolphus and the Rise of Sweden. It has itself been unavailable for some years, and the need for a short authoritative book in English on Gustavus Adolphus is again pressing. That earlier book now forms the basis of the present volume, and is issued under the Longman imprint for the first time.
Professor Roberts has revised and expanded the text to take account of work that has appeared on the period since 1973, and to fit it to its new series context. The bibliography has been updated, enlarged and modified. Intended for those who don't read Swedish, it indicates the increasing number of Swedish-language works that are published with an English summary. The entire work has been redesigned and reset.
Its essential purpose, however, remains as before: to make accessible to a non-specialist readership the large and complex fields of action in which Gustavus and his chancellor Oxenstierna played so conspicuous a part; and to bring them alive as human beings. In both these aims it triumphantly succeeds. Its appearance, reuniting Professor Roberts and Gustavus Adolphus (and, incidentally, Longman) for the first time in a generation, will be widely welcomed.
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Book Description Longman, London, 1992. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Second Edition.. SECOND EDITION : 1992. [ This is a revision of: Gustavus Adolphus and the Rise of Sweden. London : English Universities Press, 1973.]. Hardback. Maps [ Series: Profiles in Power ]. Black cloth; gilt lettered spine. In grey pictorial dust-jacket. No owner name or internal markings. A tight and bright and clean copy. FINE in like jacket; now in a clear protective sleeve. (vi), 218 pages. Includes bibliographical references and index. CONTENTS : List of maps. 1. Background. 2. The accession of crisis and its consequences. 3. Recovery 1612-20. 4. Poland and the protestant cause 1620-28. 5. The great decision 1628-30. 6. Reforms: domestic. 7. Reforms: naval and military. 8. The sinews of war. 9. The path to the summit. 10. The plentitude of power. 11. Finale. 12. Prospect and retrospect. Bibliographical essay. List of dates. Maps. Index. Gustavus Adolphus (King of Sweden 1611-1632) was a key figure in 17th century European history. He was the principal upholder of the Protestant cause in the 30 years war and was a great administrator as well as a brilliant soldier, whose toleration and reforms helped to define the development of the modern state. 8vo. **Will be well-packed for posting/shipping**. [ Rosley Books for Antiquarian books, Cumberland, Literature, Rarities, Theology and History. ]. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 0031232
Book Description Longman, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Acceptable. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Second edition. Dust jacket minor edge wear. Foxing to page edges. Seller Inventory # BBI2949425