The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

by Andrew Wheatcroft
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The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe by Andrew Wheatcroft

In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the “Golden Apple,” as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark. Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God.

The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786744541
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 408,382
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Wheatcroft is Professor of International Publishing and Communication and Director of the Centre for Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Infidels, The Habsburgs, and The Ottomans, and has been researching the material for The Enemy at the Gate for more than twenty years. He lives in Scotland.

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The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a help to learning more about the siege and even beyond, which was nice. The author could have used maybe not so many quotes - seemed to be a lot. Also, there were quite a few typos, but again, the history was helpful.
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I found the book so very interesting. Haveing taveled a great deal it made exciting reading. I do not always read books about battles, but this book was so exciting I couldn't go to sleep without knowing what happened and how. I knew the outcome, of course, but I still culdn't put it down. When my son visited and saw the book, he borrowed it and another son and also a friend wanted to read it.
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Reading practice and dedication to learning new words are upper level goals for me to attain. Relevance today's international relations is good.