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Konstantinopel 1453

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"For over a thousand years, Constantinople had been the center of the Western world and the defense of Christianity against Islam. Thanks to its strategic location and massive fortifications, it had withstood repeated attacks from the east. But in 1453, Mehmet II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, rallied the forces of Islam against the bastion, determined to take the city by...more
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Juliana Es
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Sonanova
Oct 22, 2007 Sonanova rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, those interested in the early confrontations between Islam and the West
This book was very enjoyable, narrative, and engaging effort to explain what is perhaps one of the most facinating and famous clashes of all time. The author took efforts to make the reader understand not only the personalities of the conflict, but the atmosphere and environs in which the events took place. The result is a clear and consise history, with every effort made to remain unbaised and retain historical details, without completely sacrificing the story itself. It is certainly not a bori...more
Jane
An eminently readable and detailed account of the May 1453 Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. I enjoyed this account and learned a lot.

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
Andrew
Much of my historical reading often refers to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, but none of it describes the battle itself in any real depth. It seemed to be an important historical turning point as the Middle Ages developed into the Renaissance, and I wanted to learn more about it.

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
te
Dec 29, 2008 te is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to te by: mark glazer
next spring's honor's trip is to istanbul, and i asked a turkish friend of mine what would be a good read to prep. he suggested this book. scholars generally mark the end of middle ages and byzantium by the fall of constantinople in, d'oh! 1453 by mehmet II.

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
Myke Cole
1453 covers a contentious moment in the history of the struggle between East and West. There was a lot of potential for partisan campaigning, character-slander and historical sleight-of-hand. Crowley neatly avoids these pitfalls, presenting a balanced, sympathetic portrait of the characters and the world, all while maintaining a dramatic voice befiting a fiction novelist. Gripping and educating.
Jansen Wee
A detailed historical rending of the siege of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 1453, and yet one that is extremely readable. Crowley's telling of the historical event showed how culturally biased perceptions by the Orthodox Greeks and the other parts of Christendom (in this case against the Ottoman Turks), led them to commit a series of strategic errors that eventually left Constantinople diplomatically isolated. Hence, its heightened vulnerability when the new sultan, Mehmet II, ascended...more
Jim
This was a pretty good and fast read, and gave a very interesting and balanced picture of the two sides in the long-standing conflict between Muslim Asia and Christian Europe. The description of the state of Constantinople in 1453, a once-proud metropolis brought low by disease, corruption and schism, was particularly interesting.

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
Stephen
Agree whole heartedly with the the lead for the book: "a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople." A wonderful and thrilling read. THE BEST BOOK I have read in a long time. Mr. Crowley brings the actors, motivations, settings and action vividly to life. You can feel the intelligence of Mehmet, the desperation of Constantine, the roar of the cannons and the sound of battle.

I learned a great deal from this book, in particular that many of the seeds of conflict between East and West, bet...more
dedeh
BIODATA PENULIS

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
BirdBrian
Like the city of Constantinople itelf, the events in this book are very complex. In his analysis of the seige, Roger Crowley skillfully follows several strings:

TECHNOLOGY
The Byzantines successfully defended Constantinople for centuries against repeated assaults from the Near East. When Arab forces seemed almost certain to take the city in 678, a highly-classified weapon called "Greek Fire" saved the day. Greek fire was essentially a napalm-like substance made from wet sand and surface oil found...more
Lucas
I read this book several months ago. I waited until I had read Runciman's work, the standard book on the siege, to review this one. This seemingly forgotten book is a surprisingly good read. Although Crowley is not a historian and has a slight Turkish apologetic slant, the narrative of the actual siege is far better than Runciman's. He still believes the old myth that Greek fire was used in 1453, and much of his narrative of the events in the Turkish camp are pure speculation, and this is where...more
Bizzaro!
NOV. 19th, 2007: Finished the book and am now reading through all the sources and such. Sorta like extras on a good DVD. I wish I had a real work ethic. I'd turn this into an epic graphic novel and then a few years later get it turned into the most gigantic epic battle movie. It'd be like LOTR without having to tolerate those stupid elves! For all the history lovers but I think this book is written in a friendly enough voice, that it can read almost as a piece of fiction. Almost.
It's fascinating...more
Michael S.
Mar 10, 2009 Michael S. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historians, general readers
Recommended to Michael S. by: Borders bookstore find
Crowley's narration of the events surrounding the final days of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire makes an excellent primary case for 6 A.M. (GMT+2), May 29th, 1453 as the firm, bright, dividing line between "Classical Antiquity" and "Modern History". Part war story, part sociological analysis, 1453 is one of the infrequent mass-marketed history books that truly deserves wide circulation among lay and professional readers.

An interesting exposition of the fall of the original "Big Apple", the...more
Zahrazha
Tak bisa di bayangkan sebuah negeri dengan kesempurnaannya dan ketaatan para pemeluknya yang selalu menjadi incaran para penguasa terdahulu .. entah dari satu kaki yang mampu berdiri diantara kedua benua asia dan eropa yang mampu membentuk konstantinopel menjadi sebuah negeri yang tak tertandingi bak surga yang Tuhan berikan kepada penduduk bumi kala itu.
crowley mampu menuturkannya dengan dramatis dan indah ketika byzantium tersungkur oleh kekuatan pasukan muslim turki utsmani dalam menaklukan k...more
Micah Martin
a clear, concise, and even-handed account of one of history's most famous sieges. crowley manages to be elegiac without dipping into speculation, and his study of Mehmed's illness and decline in the confines of the Topkapi Palace is a poignant parallel to the illusion of imperial stability cultivated by the Ottomans and other great powers throughout human history. with so many Islamophobic pundits and problematic East/West narratives floating around out there, Crowley, a scholar of integrity, is...more
James
Decent background, competent but not inspired prose.

As for the history, my biggest complaint is that Crowley's sketches of the personalities involved in 1453 are sufficient for his purposes, but not robust or particularly memorable.

Now and then I can't suppress a suspicion that Crowley really sympathizes with the Ottomans and dislikes Christian Constantinople: he's choosy about which details he includes from his sources, emphasizing for instance the religious tolerance of Mehmet's army but givi...more
Fais Al-fatih
tutur penulisan buku ini bagus, seperti novel.. sayang penulisan buku ini banyak bersumber dari buku2 Barat yang sarat kebencian kepada Turki Utsmani... jd ada beberapa cerita yang menurut saya berlebihan, di suatu lembar penulis menggambarkan Sultah Mehmet (Muhammad al-Fatih) sangat kejam dgn membunuh secara kejam penduduk Konstantinopel yg tak ikutan perang, di satu lembar lain penulis mengatakan Sultan membebaskan penduduk utk tetap tinggal di sana, tanpa harus mengubah keyakinannya.. yang be...more
Dvd (all'improvviso)
scorrevole, coinvolgente, estremamente ben documentato. La prosa qualche volta si incarta un poco, con periodi che si riesce a decifrare dopo alcune letture (colpa forse della traduzione); nel complesso, tuttavia, si scorre benissimo, come di tradizione nella storiografia anglosassone.

Il saggio è il resoconto di un pugno di giorni fra i più importanti della storia d'Europa, ossia quelli che ruotano intorno alla caduta di COstantinopoli (29 maggio 1453) per mano dei turchi ottomani. La prima part...more
Jiwa Rasa
Buku yang ditulis dari sumber yang berbagai. Ditulis dari perspektif pihak Constantine dan Kristian Ortodoks yang dikalahkan oleh Mehmet Al Fateh. Pihak Kristian tidak dapat menyembunyikan rasa hormat dan kagum atas kebijaksanaan dan kekuatan strategi tentera Muslim yang dipimpin Mehmet Al Fateh.
Lauren Albert
Nail-biting suspense. I mean, obviously you know how the story will end, but Crowley makes it all so vivid that you can feel the tension build in the city over the course of the siege.
Adityas
Buku yang menceritakan penaklukan Konstantinopel dengan pandangan yang objektif tanpa "MENGKULTUSKAN" maupun "MERENDAHKAN" tokoh-tokoh yang terlibat di dalamnya.
Steve
Jul 29, 2011 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "300" and/ or "The Alamo."
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Excellent, but also heartbreakingly sad. Great summer reading, and popular history at its best. I'll add some more thoughts on this sometime this weekend.
Patrick
Gripping and somewhat depressing account of the fall of Constantinople and the end of the Roman Empire. Crowley scours the original sources and tells the story in a narrative fashion that makes it easy to read and entertaining. Crowley dealt with both sides of the conflict in (what I considered to be) an even-handed manner, and while I was certainly sympathetic to the Byzantines, I didn't feel that Crowley did any demonizing of Mehmet or his army.

Well worth a read for fans of medieval history, o...more
Riyadh Pnl
Buku yang ditulis penuh dengan kesinisan. Kesan awal memang sepertinya akan membuat Umat Islam bangga dengan buku ini, ternyata isinya sangat berbau orientalisme. Sangat berbahaya dibaca oleh kaum muda Islam. Buku ini bercerita seakan-akan dunia dengan peradaban yang cantik akan hancur seiring datangnya Islam. Padahal sejarah membuktikan bagaimanapun juga suatu akan perabadan runtuh. Peradaban Konstatinopel tidaklah semerta-merta menjadi hancur setelah direbut Muslim malah terpelihara dengan bai...more
Gordon
In 1453 the city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks. Today, this event and this year are taken to mark the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era and of the Renaissance. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the Eastern heirs of the Roman Empire, and had been for 1000 years. The city's fall to the Turks was taken as a cataclysm throughout Europe, and escalated the clash between Islam and the Christian West to a level it had not seen since the Crusad...more
Jim
This was an excellent history of the final days of Constantinople. The author did a good job of presenting it as a narrative rather than a textbook of dusty facts.

When I started the book, I only knew the basics; in the mid 1400's a Turkish army used cannons to batter down the walls and the city fell. That was the extent of my knowledge. Now I know that the Roman (or Byzantine if you prefer) territory was completely surrounded by the Ottoman lands. Also that the defenders came very close to surv...more
Alexis Neal
An excellent and extremely informative book . . . and fun, to boot. Crowley takes a while to get going (lots of--admittedly necessary but nonetheless rather dull--set up and backstory and what-have-you), but once he finally hits his stride, he produces a fascinating tale.

The presentation is (understandably) a bit biased toward the Western defenders--Crowley is, like many of his readers, a child of Western culture. I freely admit that some of the pro-Western bias may be my own sympathies colorin...more
Patrick
I give this book a 2.5

1453 explores and describes the factors that led to the fall of Constantinople itself. The rise of the Ottoman empire at the hands of Sultan Mehmet II due to his immense logical knowledge, Turks common cause in destroying Constantinople, advent of technological warfare used to destroy previously impenetrable city walls, and numerical advantage of the Turks combined with the decline of the Byzantine empire, lack of funds, Christian schizm between the Orthodox and the Catholi...more
Pang
What a good book and a fascinating story! The book focuses mainly on the 50+ days war leading to the siege of Constantinople, the modern Istanbul. The book discusses the people and events of both sides in such details that I feel like I was there. Crowley did a great job with his research. This is the war that changed the landscape of Christian and Islam worlds as we know it today, and what an amazing event. It makes me wonder if the outcome would be different had the Vatican stepped in to help....more
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Roger Crowley was born in 1951 and spent part of his childhood in Malta. He read English at Cambridge University and taught English in Istanbul, where he developed a strong interest in the history of Turkey. He has traveled widely throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging knowledge of its history and culture. He lives in Gloucestershire, England.
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