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"John Stoye is the master of every aspect of his subject."-Daily Telegraph
"A fine historical work. . . . Well worth reading."-Otto von Habsburg, The Catholic Herald
"Worthy of the pen of 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."-The Times Literary Supplement
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 of their European territories and began the long decline that led to the final collapse of their empire, and the Habsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. That hot September day in 1683 witnessed the last great trial of strength between cross and crescent-and opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the cataclysm of the First World War.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648147 ISBN13 9781933648149
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More About John Stoye
John Stoye was formerly a Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford and the author of "English Travellers Abroad 1604-1667" (1952), "The Siege of Vienna" (1964) and "Marsigli's Europe 1680-1730" (1994).
John Stoye was born in 1917 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford.
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Rather looks like a turn paper of a quite average college Feb 22, 2008
Rather looks like a turn paper of a quite average-college standard. Also, the reference index is really not revealing.
A mixed blessing Jan 21, 2008
This is a meticulously researched and documented history of a distant event with contemporary repercussions. However, it is remarkable how indifferently the question of illustrations and maps was dealt with. I don't understand why someone would produce such a wonderful and detailed account and then accompany it with maps and illustrations that are virtually meaningless. The maps are either insufficiently detailed to permit following the documentation in the text, or the illustrations (themselves of some interest because of their contemporaneousness) so indistinct as to render references to them useless. There should be a match between the illustrations and the text--either reduce the textual detail to match the illustrations, or (far better) include illustrations that support the text.
Poland to the rescue Dec 24, 2007
Not many people today realize that militant Islam reached as far West as Vienna in its attempt to conquor Europe. After reading this meticulously researched and coherently presented book, the reader will come to realize what a close call Western civilization had before the gates of Vienna in 1683. France, the largest country and most militant power in the West, refused to help the Emperor because it suited its own political ends, even at the cost of the eastern part of Europe being lost to the Moslems. The saviors were a motley group of small German principalities and the Kingdom of Poland, led by its ruler Jan Sobieski. Were it not for these groups, and particularly the Poles, our history might have been completely different now. What thanks did the Empire give to Poland? As a later Austrian diplomat said in another connection: "Our ingratitude will astonish the world." Merely a century later, Austria took part in the dismembering of Poland, and wiping that heroic kingdom from the map of Europe for well over a century. If Sobieski had still been alive, he would have wished that he and his army had stayed home in 1683!
The Siege of Vienna Nov 11, 2007
A bit more detail than I was looking for. Not that it was a scholarly monograph, just more layered and complex than "popular" history.
Exceedingly Tedious Sep 25, 2007
If you're a generalist, or looking for a book that will help you to appreciate what the defenders of Vienna felt, thought, or endured, this book is not for you. Though undeniably informative, the great bulk of this work is devoted to extremely detailed descriptions of the dozens of political negotiations and troop conscriptions carried on by Hapsburg envoys and the political chess game between the Empire's foes and its myriad lukewarm allies. This is a valuable source for further research, and a great neutral description of the political climate and negotiations that led to Vienna's redemption, but of the siege itself, it will provide you with little insight as to what it was like to be in Vienna in 1683, and will not impart any of the stories, legends, or heroic deeds of the City's defenders - to which the author occasionally and tantalizingly alludes.