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Guarding the Frontier: Ottoman Border Forts and Garrisons in Europe
The seventeenth-century Ottoman-Habsburg frontier was the scene of chronic conflict. The defences of both empires were based on a line of fortresses, spanning the border. Mark Stein gives us a fascinating insight into everyday life on the frontier in this turbulent time, by investigating the social, economic and military aspects of Ottoman forts and garrisons in a new comp ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Tauris Academic Studies
(first published January 1st 2007)
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In 1526, the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent) (ruled 1520-1566) destroyed the Kingdom of Hungary at the battle of Mohács. Three years later, in 1529, the Ottomans besieged but failed to take Emperor Charles V’s capital city of Vienna. The Austrian Habsburgs and the Holy Roman Empire took up the responsibility to defend Christian Europe from the Ottoman threat. The Habsburg-Ottoman frontier would be contested over for many centuries. In this study Dr Mark L. Stein, Associate Professor ...more