The Siege of Vienna

By John Stoye

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The story of the siege of Vienna in 1683, one of the turning points in European history.

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The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.

The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of the Empire, and the Hapsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. The hot September day that witnesses the last great trial of strength between Cross and Crescent opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the cataclysm of the First World War in 1914.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Feb 2007
SKU 9781843410379-grouped
Number of Pages 320

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'Worthy of the pen of a Thucydides or a Herodotus ... it is a measure of the fascination of Mr Stoye's subject that one should think of comparing his treatment of it with the work of the greatest historians.' - Times Literary Supplement 'fine historical work ... well worth reading' - Otto von Habsburg, Catholic Herald 'the master of every aspect of his subject' - C.V. Wedgewood, Daily Telegraph

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