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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086826
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384
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The Enemy at the Gate

Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe




Major historian Andrew Wheatcroft reveals the full story of four centuries of Ottoman incursions into the heartlands of Europe, culminating in the momentous 1683 Siege of Vienna.

In 1683, two empires - the Ottoman, based in Constantinople, and the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna - came face to face in the culmination of a 250-year power struggle: the Great Siege of Vienna.

Within the city walls the choice of resistance over surrender to the largest army ever assembled by the Turks created an all-or-nothing scenario: every last survivor would be enslaved or ruthlessly slaughtered. The Turks had set their sights on taking Vienna, the city they had long called 'The Golden Apple' since their first siege of the city in 1529. Both sides remained resolute, sustained by hatred of their age-old enemy, certain that their victory would be won by the grace of God.

Eastern invaders had always threatened the West: Huns, Mongols, Goths, Visigoths, Vandals and many others. The Western fears of the East were vivid and powerful and, in their new eyes, the Turks always appeared the sole aggressors. Andrew Wheatcroft's extraordinary book shows that this belief is a grievous oversimplification: during the 400 year struggle for domination, the West took the offensive just as often as the East.

As modern Turkey seeks to re-orient its relationship with Europe, a new generation of politicians is exploiting the residual fears and tensions between East and West to hamper this change. The Enemy at the Gate provides a timely and masterful account of this most complex and epic of conflicts.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409086826
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384
Categories:

About the author

Andrew Wheatcroft

Andrew Wheatcroft is the author of many books on early modern and modern history, including The Ottomans (1995), The Habsburgs (1996) and Infidels (2003). During the writing of The Enemy at the Gate, he has researched in Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Sweden, and the USA. His previous books have been translated into eleven languages. He is based in Dumfriesshire, and is Professor, and Director of The Centre for Publishing Studies, at the University of Stirling.

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Praise for The Enemy at the Gate

It is tremendous stuff, a masterpiece of historical writing

Daily Telegraph

Wheatcroft captures the sweep of great events in this riveting book. He also nails historical myths that still resonate to this day

Simon Shaw, Daily Mail

Well-balanced, readable and timely account of the 1683 siege

Jay Dixon, Historical Novels Review

Impressively researched...he has a forensic grasp of the terrain and the tactics, produces excellent miniatures of the frontline generals and deploys extraordinary eyewitness accounts with great skill...Wheatcroft has done us all a service by bringing another part of the story of Ottoman-European interaction to the attention of English-speaking readers

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