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Richelieu, World Series of Poker Champion

A review of Eminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of France:

Richelieu’s statecraft involved as much dangerous risk taking as his domestic political career. In 1618, what would become known as the Thirty Years’ War broke out — Europe’s last great spasm of religious warfare, in which a furious conflict between a series of Protestant states, on one side, and the House of Hapsburg and its Catholic allies, on the other, tore the center of the continent apart. France, a Catholic state itself, nevertheless intervened on the Protestant side, hoping to supplant the Austrian and Spanish Hapsburgs as the strongest power in Europe.

Spengler argues that rather than looking at the Peloponnesian War, we should be reading about the Thirty Years’ War.  Maybe a good place to start.

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