1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the end of the Byzantium Empire. Roger Crowley's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th empero...more
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Thanks to Roger Crowley's informative, accessible introduction to the subject, I have a much greater understanding of "the last great siege" not only in terms of its immediate historical context, but also its contin ...more
Background to the conflict was presented, then the personalities of the two protagonists, Constantine XI, aged 49, and Mehmet II, a boy of 21. We are taken through the conflict, point by point. There are many quotes from accounts of that period. The Ottomans have swallowed up most of the Byzantine Empire already; but Mehmet thinks of himself as a new ...more
To the credit of the author he delivers in clear simple prose the answer to how the city with the mightiest fortifications in the world fell. Even more admirably he avoids drawing simplistic parallels between today's rel ...more
geek food? i s'pose, but it's beautifully written: "driven by the word of god and divine conquest, the people of the desert constructed navies 'to wage holy war by sea'..."
and it's delightfully full of hmmmm tidbits. greek fire, for instanc ...more
The 1453 fall of Constantinople is a fascinating topic surrounded in myth and mystery, with heroes like Giovanni Giustiniani and Constantine Dragases leaping from the page as if they're fictional, and the 21-year-old Mehmet Fatih an enigmatic and commanding (if occasionally childish and ill-tempered) figure.
Totally worth the read/listen if you're even remotely interested.
crowley mampu menuturkannya dengan dramatis dan indah ketika byzantium tersungkur oleh kekuatan pasukan muslim turki utsmani dalam menaklukan k ...more
Cleverly the chronological stretch of the chapters shortens as the actual day of the fall is approached and reached.
The parts leading up to the siege are succinct and logically written as well as insightful especially into the Muslim attitude to Constantinople (part hatred, part a sense of destiny, part a fear of the impregnability of the land walls) and the character ...more
I love getting peaks into non-Western history. Their stories and their lessons on how to live the best life are wo ...more
ROGER CROWLEY (lahir pada 1951 di Inggris) adalah lulusan Cambridge University. Usai menuntaskan sekolah dasar dan menengah, ia menghabiskan masa musim panas di Yunani untuk membuat barang tembikar. Setamat dari universitas, anak dari keluarga angkatan laut ini hijrah ke Istanbul dan mengembangkan minat yang besar pada sejarah Turki: selama bertahun-tahun, ia bertualang ke seluruh kawasan Mediterania dan mendalami pengetahuan geografi dan masa lalu wilayah ini. Beberapa tahun tera ...more
I learned a great deal from this book, in particular that many of the seeds of conflict between East and West, bet ...more
That said, the most interesting chapters by far were the first and last ones, which described much longer periods of time and connected the rise of Islam and disintegr ...more
It's fascinating ...more
An interesting exposition of the fall of the original "Big Apple", the ...more