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The enemy at the gate : Habsburgs, Ottomans and the battle for Europe /
Andrew Wheatcroft.
imprint
London : Pimlico, 2009.
description
xxv, 339 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1844137414 (pbk.), 9781844137411 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Pimlico, 2009.
isbn
1844137414 (pbk.)
9781844137411 (pbk.)
general note
Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2008.
catalogue key
6961108
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Impressively researched . . . he has a forensic grasp of the terrain and the tactics . . . deploys extraordinary eyewitness accounts with great skill." Literary Review "It is tremendous stuff, a masterpiece of historical writing." Daily Telegraph
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Major historian Andrew Wheatcroft reveals the full story behind four centuries of Ottoman incursions into the heartlands of Europe. In 1683, two empires the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year-old struggle for power at the Great Siege of Vienna. Within the city walls, the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. Although it was their most famous attack, the 1683 siege was the historical culmination of the Turks' sustained attempt to march westwards and finally obtain the city they had long called "The Golden Apple." Their defeat was to mark the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. With Turkey now seeking to re-orient itself towards the West and with a new generation of politicians exploiting the residual tensions between East and West, The Enemy at the Gate provides a timely and masterful account of this most complex and epic of conflicts. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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* In 1683, two empires u the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna u came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. * Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. * Both sides remained resolute, sustained by hatred of their age-old enemy, certain that their victory would be won by the grace of God. * Eastern invaders had always threatened the West, but the memory of the Turks, to whom the West's ancient and deep fear of the East is viscerally attached, remains vivid and powerful. * Long before their 1453 conquest of Constantinople, the Turks had raised the art of war to heights not seen since the Roman Empire. * Although their best recorded and most infamous attack, the 1683 siege was the historical culmination, not the extent, of the Turks' sustained attempt to march westwards and finally obtain the city they had long called 'The Golden Apple'. Their defeat was to mark the beginning of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. * With Turkey now seeking to re-orient itself towards the west and a new generation of politicians exploiting the residual fear and tensions between East and West, The Enemy at the Gate provides a timely and masterful account of this most complex and epic of conflicts.
Main Description
* In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. * Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. * Both sides remained resolute, sustained by hatred of their age-old enemy, certain that their victory would be won by the grace of God. * Eastern invaders had always threatened the West, but the memory of the Turks, to whom the West's ancient and deep fear of the East is viscerally attached, remains vivid and powerful. * Long before their 1453 conquest of Constantinople, the Turks had raised the art of war to heights not seen since the Roman Empire. * Although their best recorded and most infamous attack, the 1683 siege was the historical culmination, not the extent, of the Turks' sustained attempt
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna. This book discusses this topic.
Table of Contents
Maps
Illustrations
The Terror in the Eastp. 1
A Call to Armsp. 13
Turks and Tartarsp. 35
A Plague on the Landp. 55
Taking the Road to Warp. 77
The Adversariesp. 97
'Rise Up, Rise Up, Ye Christians'p. 119
The Pit of Hellp. 145
'A Flood of Black Pitch'p. 162
A Holy War?p. 188
Storming Budap. 201
The Age of Heroesp. 227
Myth Displacing Historyp. 245
Codap. 266
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 327
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