Geoffrey Parker

Geoffrey Parker is a Reader in Modern History at the University of St Andrews.

Homage to Braudel

Geoffrey Parker, 4 September 1980

This book, French readers were told one month before its publication last January, ‘is already the intellectual event of 1980’. As if in answer, the first printing of 9,000 copies of the three-volume set, each containing 1,751 pages and weighing ten pounds, sold out within three weeks. At almost £50 per set, Civilisation Matérielle seems likely to prove the commercial event of 1980.

Too Much for One Man: Kaiser Karl V

Thomas Penn, 23 January 2020

As he lay on his deathbed at Yuste, Charles seemed to have found an unaccustomed ease: dying monarchs were more often to be found scrabbling remorsefully to make peace with their subjects and their maker....

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Sad Century: The 17th-Century Crisis

David Parrott, 5 March 2015

Contemporary accounts​ leave little ambiguity about the character of the 17th century. Natural disasters, warfare, political unrest and rebellion combined to bring about levels of mortality,...

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Ideas of War

Johann Sommerville, 27 October 1988

‘In war,’ Napoleon said, ‘moral considerations make up three-quarters of the game: the relative balance of manpower accounts only for the remaining quarter.’ Just one of...

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Battle of Britain

Patrick O’Brian, 7 July 1988

All these books are concerned with what the Spaniards once called the Felicissima Armada and what the English still, with a quiet smile, call the Invincible Armada (apparently it was Burleigh who...

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God in Heaven send us peace

Peter Burke, 18 April 1985

Geoffrey Parker’s new book on the Thirty Years’ War is the first major study of the subject to appear in English for nearly half a century. To be more exact, it is now 47 years since...

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