The Siege of Vienna: The Last Great Trial Between Cross and Crescent

The Siege of Vienna The Last Great Trial Between Cross and Crescent In his splendid study The Siege of Vienna the Oxford historian John Stoye provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans Mr Stoye s description of th

  • Title: The Siege of Vienna: The Last Great Trial Between Cross and Crescent
  • Author: John Stoye
  • ISBN: 9781933648637
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his splendid study The Siege of Vienna, the Oxford historian John Stoye provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans Mr Stoye s description of the siege itself is masterly He seems to know every inch of ground, every earthwork and fortification around the Imperial City, and he follows the action meticulously The In his splendid study The Siege of Vienna, the Oxford historian John Stoye provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans Mr Stoye s description of the siege itself is masterly He seems to know every inch of ground, every earthwork and fortification around the Imperial City, and he follows the action meticulously The Wall Street Journal Worthy of the pen of Herodotus It is a measure of the fascination of Mr Stoye s subject that one should think of comparing his treatment of it with the work of the greatest historians The Times Literary Supplement John Stoye is the master of every aspect of his subject Daily TelegraphThe siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history So great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.The consequences of defeat were momentous The Ottomans lost half of their European territories, which led to the final collapse of their empire, and the Habsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans That hot September day in 1683 witnessed the last great trial of strength between the East and the West and opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the First World War.

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    1. Trudging around museums as a child was always a catastophic collision between my total lack of interest in anything cultural, sugary drinks offered as a bribe, and my parents almost mystical ability to stand entranced before one single exhibit before slowly inching their way to the next in a never endind series of cavernous halls. Every now and then a particular exhibit would pierce my ennui and leave a lasting impression. Invariably it would be something my parents considered a bit lowbrow. One [...]

    2. Enormously disappointing. While I don't doubt Stoye's research or academic rigor, his prose styling is downright obfuscating. Writers of historical monographs still have an obligation to paint a picture for the reader, and Stoye seems to almost deliberately use complicated language, tangents, and wooden character portaits to create a slog of a read. Writers of history still have to be good dramatic narrators. That skill is as important as the history itself. If you lose your audience, then all t [...]

    3. The events covered in this book qualify as truly epochal. A millennium into its history, the tide of Islam finally turned, apparently for good. (Or at least until further review.) The Turkish wave that flowed and then ebbed back across the Balkans before the combined might of Habsburg Austria, Poles, Franconians, Bavarians and Saxons was not the same as that first wave of Arabs whose commanders had prayed alongside Muhammad, and the rise of Christianising Europe was secured in this moment. The S [...]

    4. Interessante saggio storico molto accurato sull'assedio di Vienna ad opera dei turchi nel 1683. il saggio è un po' datato, si tratta della seconda edizione di un saggio del 1964 ampiamente rivista nel 2000. risulta un po' concitato nello sviluppo dell'azione in cui i tanti dettagli geografici fanno un po' perdere il filo. inoltre manca una parte essenziale e cioè il contemporaneo sviluppo della politica francese in preparazione e risposta all'attacco turco. perchè Luigi XIV non interviene mil [...]

    5. This book is a detailed study of the 1683 Siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Turks. It covers the diplomatic and political lead up to the siege, including the alliances formed by the Habsburgs to defend Vienna and preserve Christendom from an Ottoman invasion and occupation of central Europe. The book describes the siege tactics, and introduces the reader to the key military commanders and political leaders. The most famous of all, King John Sobieski of Poland, gets an interesting review in this boo [...]

    6. I was torn whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars. The book is impressive with the siege really just the axel around which a great wheel of history turns. The complex diplomacy of Europe at the time is fascinating, and not something that I knew a great deal about. The problem with the book is the lack of sources on the Turkish side. The author mentions frequently that the western sources are limited and the Turkish accounts are even more limited. Ultimately, the book suffers from the lack of a Turkis [...]

    7. I read this after seeing a statue of Pope Innocent XI in Budapest and wondering what it was doing there on Castle Hill. The Turks were half way across Europe at the end of the 17th century. This may have been te last Crusade, as the events thereafter led to the demise of the Ottoman Empire after ejection from Europe!

    8. Good account on this important watershed in european history with really good maps and descriptions which help to follow all tve events properly, the story is told in a muddly way in some parts though.

    9. This was an excellent read. It gave a good overview of the politics of the time more so from the Habsburg side of things but it attempts to give a good introduction to the Turkish motivations as well.

    10. A bit of a slow read, but if you're interested in the great conflict between Christendom and Islam, this moment at the gates of Vienna is critical.

    11. An excellent chronical of the Siege during the Turkish Wars. Amazingly researched, with a density of detail. At times you can find yourself overwhelmed by Stoye's knowledge of the period.

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