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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 Books (first published 1964)
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Feb 26, 2015 James rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
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 ...more
Myke Cole
Jun 14, 2014 Myke Cole rated it it was ok
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
Elliott Bignell
Apr 12, 2015 Elliott Bignell rated it liked it
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 ...more
Brendan Steinhauser
Aug 23, 2016 Brendan Steinhauser rated it liked it
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 ...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
Альберто Лорэдо
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.
Feb 03, 2013 Yokosuka14 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Dec 06, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 16, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-shelf
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.
May 15, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it
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.

Jul 05, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
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
Nov 11, 2012 Onurcan Şar rated it it was amazing
the book is impressive and good research.
Apr 06, 2008 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically " How the Poles saved Civilization"
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