After Ferdinand II became the Holy Roman Emperor, he started enforcing religious uniformity over his domains. This spurred a lot of protests from the Protestant countries, mainly the Bohemians to start. As the Bohemian’s started revolting against Ferdinand’s new policies, leading Bohemian aristocrats were harshly executed. This order was heavily condemned by the other Protestant rulers in Europe. As the war progressed, more countries joined in and achieved varying levels of successes, but overall, it seemed as if the Protestants had a hard time fighting back against Ferdinand II. On March 6, 1629 Ferdinand II passed the Edict of Restitution. It was an attempt to ensure that the Ecclesiastical Reservation of the Augsburg treaty was retroactively enforced. This resulted in a huge transfer of power and property from the Protestants and Catholics which strengthened the power of Ferdinand II. This committee will attempt to tackle these religious issues while working with the Habsburg Coalition to come up with a resolution that is fair to all parties.
Topic A: The Ascension of Ferdinand II and the Bohemian Revolt
Topic B: The Edict of Restitution
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates: