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

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ISBN13: 9780465013746
ISBN10: 0465013740
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In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the “Golden Apple,” as Turks referred to Vienna. 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 during the battle for Christianity’s bulwark. 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 for historian Andrew Wheatcroft’s richly drawn portrait of the 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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During the Reformation, one of the few things Catholics and Protestants could agree on was their mutual terror that the Ottoman Empire would conquer Christian Europe. In this study of the 1683 siege of Vienna, Wheatcroft (international publishing and communication, University of Stirling) the fear that drove the defenders of the city to finally repulse the Turkish army is a constant backdrop. The story is told as a military narrative in which the participants and events are portrayed in an almost cinematic style. Wheatcroft dispels myths that have grown up about the siege and adds an epilogue on relations between Austria-Hungary and Turkey after the end of the war. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent.

Synopsis:

In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the “Golden Apple,” as Turks referred to Vienna. 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 during the battle for Christianitys bulwark. 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 for historian Andrew Wheatcrofts richly drawn portrait of the 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.

About the Author

Andrew Wheatcroft is Professor of International Publishing and Communication and Director of the Centre for Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Infidels, The Habsburgs, and The Ottomans, and has been researching the material for The Enemy at the Gate for more than twenty years. He lives in Scotland.

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lawprof.geo, October 2, 2009 (view all comments by lawprof.geo)
I have been fascinated by the era of history on which Mr. Wheatcroft write so well ever since I saw the statue of Pope Innocent XI on Castle Hill in Budapest. The complexity of the history of that era is a lesson for our own.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465013746
Subtitle:
Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Wheatcroft, Andrew
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Europe - Austria & Hungary
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
East and West
Subject:
Turkey History Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918.
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20101109
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1 in 16 oz
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Early Modern
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Renaissance
History and Social Science » World History » Western Civilization

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"Synopsis" by , The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the “Golden Apple,” as Turks referred to Vienna. 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 during the battle for Christianitys bulwark. 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 for historian Andrew Wheatcrofts richly drawn portrait of the 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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