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W. Leibniz. Eine Chronik. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, , p. ix (the final phrase is taken from the slipcover). The purpose of these protracted negotiations was to bring to an end an even more protracted war: a war which raged for thirty years, the most destructive conflict of an era plagued by virtually incessant warfare. The product of these negotiations was the Peace of Westphalia, perhaps the most important treaty signed in the early modern period. But the difficulties which had prolonged first the war and then the peace negotiations lay several layers deep; the deeper strata lay well below the Westphalian diplomats’ immediate concerns or responsibilities; and the solutions to the more superficial problems which they hammered out in M¨unster and Osnabr¨uck in any case brought further problems in their wake.
The emperor’s power, by contrast, now rested primarily not on the imperial office or its resources but on the Habsburg dynasty’s hereditary lands in the southeast corner of the Empire, now enhanced by permanent accession to the Bohemian crown and, towards the end of the century, by the reconquest of the huge kingdom of Hungary as well, outside the boundaries of the Empire itself. From onward, in short, the Empire was definitively set on a Sonderweg, a more or less federal course of political development very different from the increasingly centralised and absolutist monarchies typified par excellence by contemporary France under the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV (–).
Confessional reconciliation depended to some degree on theological reconciliation; and theological discussions were complicated in this period by the fact that they took place in a period of philosophical revolution. During the generation in which central Europe had been thrown into military and political turmoil, western Europe had begun a period of equally disorientating intellectual Youthful Vocations (–) upheaval. The limited problem of the competing world systems of Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Tycho Brahe had broadened into a clash of basic approaches to natural philosophy, pitting Galileo, Bacon, Gassendi, and Descartes against the revered authority of Aristotle.