>took over 100 years to repopulate Germany>many towns and villages completely destroyed>turned the HRE permanently and irreversibly into voltaire's meme>prevented the HRE from evolving to a more centralized entity and then a Nation-State>permanently cucked Germans out of the Age of Discovery, preventing them from exploring and colonizing the world>divided populations based on regional, political and religious identity, irreversibly making Swiss, Dutch, Belgians, etc divergent ethnic branches never to be rejoined>historical reason why Germany is not religiously unified either way, Austria was Protestant at one point, until it switched back>to this day Liberals use the Peace of Westphalia as propaganda piece, like when they pretend that being an independent state with borders on a map means you are a sovereign state, even when your former colonial power still has economic power over you or foreign NGOs and companies have a lot of influence in your country
Most of the population losses were made good in about 30 years of the Treaty of Westphalia, but it took a century to recover economically.
>>12673538True, but some badly devastated regions really took that long to recover. The Opportunity Cost was immense though.
>>12673527>>divided populations based on regional, political and religious identity, irreversibly making Swiss, Dutch, Belgians, etc divergent ethnic branches never to be rejoinedIt's not fair bros, Germany never got what she deserved.
Any decent film set in the period?
the sheer degree of evil displayed by roving bands of soldiers is mindboggling. even when there were no resources to speak of companies would just burn it all and torture the locals for shits and giggles, the swedes would even forcefeed them literal shits and piss.
>>divided populations based on regional, political and religious identity, irreversibly making Swiss, Dutch, Belgians, etc divergent ethnic branches never to be rejoinedUh, because they were in fact divergent ethnic branches? Not even germans themselves are the same. A bavarian is culturally, religiously, genetically and even linguistically different from someone from Brandenburg, ffs.
>>12673527Then it served its purpose. Europe was saved from the rise of g*rms. Too bad it couldn’t be delayed more. Napoleon should have gone apeshit on them, but non-Germans are always too humane.
>>12673857Outside of the meme the Swedes were the least brutal in the whole conflict, at least when Gustavus Adolphus was alive.
>>12673527>swarms of dead Germanics
>>12673899>at least when Gustavus Adolphus was aliveYeah for the 1 year before he would zerstört by chad Wallenstein lmaoHilarious that Swedes still celebrate the idiot who won 1 battle before getting BTFO as a military genius