Although not widely studied in the West, the medieval history of south-eastern Europe is both fascinating and complex. The Kingdom of Hungary was a vast realm, at least the size of France, that endured throughout the Middle Ages whilst the Byzantine Empire was even more extensive and enduring. The Serbians won themselves a brief but extensive local empire in the 14th century; while the Bulgarians established an effective and cultured state. Other players in the confusing Balkan scene included the Albanians; Wallachians; Moldavians; Transylvanians; Croatians and many others. How did they organise their armies and fight their wars; and why did they ultimately fail? This title answers these questions ably supported by numerous illustrations and eight colour plates.
About the Author
David Nicolle PhD was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. David has written many Osprey titles, including MAA 140 Armies of the Ottoman Turks, MAA 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862–1098, and Campaign 43 Fornovo 1495.
Table of ContentsIntroduction · Chronology · Hungary · Byzantium · Bulgaria · Serbia · Albania · Romania · The Plates
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Hungary and the Fall of Eastern Europe 1000-1568 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mostly a discussion of regional histories and tactics. Taken region by region. This is a region where people have been tremendously bad to each other for centuries and sadly in very recent history, little has changed. Often reads like an advertisement for Islam and for Ottoman Turkish expansion into Europe, likely as a personal bias Dr Nicolle has from his vast experience with Middle Eastern culture.