The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

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Basic Books, 28.04.2009 - 384 Seiten
An acclaimed history of the Great Siege of Vienna, when the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg dynasty came face to face
In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize Vienna, the bulwark of Christendom. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades against Habsburg armies widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows. Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God.The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece of historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the complex centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - bhswanson - LibraryThing

This was a good telling of a part of history I don't know well -- the confrontation between Hapsburg Austria and the Ottomans during the 16th to 18th centuries -- with the 1683 siege of Vienna as ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Seems to be comprehensive but not well organized for the reader with no previous knowledge of the period. This book would also benefit from incusion of maps of individual campaigns and perhaps some timelines or sidebars about major personages. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

PART ONE
11
A Call to Arms
13
Turks and Tartars
35
A Plague on the Land
55
Taking the Road to War
77
PART TWO
97
The Adversaries
97
Rise Up Rise Up Ye Christians1
119
A Holy War?
188
Storming Buda
201
PART THREE
225
The Age of Heroes1
227
Myth Displacing History
245
Coda
266
Notes
269
Bibliography
301

The Pit of Hell
145
A Flood of Black Pitch
162

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Über den Autor (2009)

Andrew Wheatcroft is the author of Infidels, The Habsburgs, and The Ottomans, and numerous other books. He lives in Scotland.

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