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

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"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...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 6th 2008 by Pegasus (first published 1964)
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Myke Cole
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...more
Alberto Bellini
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 milita...more
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...more
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!
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.
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.

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.
molto interessante.. la descrizione di un momento di svolta della storia europea
Onurcan  Şar
the book is impressive and good research.
Basically " How the Poles saved Civilization"
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