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What would Germans call what the English call the Thirty Years War — both formally and informally?

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This would translate almost literally in

Dreißigjähriger Krieg

that is used both colloquial, and in a formal setting. However some historians scientifically disagree with this term.

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it's still the only word I know, both formally and informally. +1 – Pekka 웃 Jun 30 '11 at 23:17
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Why do some historians disagree on the name? – Tim Jul 1 '11 at 6:35
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@Tim N: as far as I understood (I'm no historian) the notion that it was only one war is historically incorrect. There were several different wars as in this 30 years period of time. – Takkat Jul 1 '11 at 6:44

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