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The siege of Vienna
Stoye, John, 1917-
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New edition.
Publication Information:
Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 226 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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The siege of Vienna in 1683 was the last major threat to the West from Islam and established the balance of power in Eastern Europe and the Balkans down to the end of World War. This gripping narrative has been compared to the finest works of European history.

Author Notes

John Stoye taught Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, until 1984. After retirement he and his wife remained in North Oxford within easy reach of the University libraries. Now in his 90th year, he still vividly remembers walking around the streets of Vienna long ago, trying to grasp the topographical details of the famous siege about which he planned to write a book.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Maps and Placesp. ix
Some of the Principal Personagesp. x
Preface to the Birlinn Editionp. xii
Preface to the Original Editionp. xiii
1 The Origins of the Ottoman Attack
I The Ottoman army enters Hungaryp. 1
II The Ottoman constitutionp. 7
III The defences of the Ottoman Empirep. 12
IV Ottoman policy in eastern Europe 1656-82p. 17
V Kara Mustafa's objectives 1682-3p. 23
2 Leopold I and the City of Vienna
I The Emperor and his courtp. 27
II The Hofburg and the Herrengassep. 34
III The fortifications of Viennap. 36
IV The municipality of Viennap. 40
V Burghers and noblemenp. 41
3 The Defence of Habsburg Interests in Europe
I The condition of the Empirep. 43
II Money and menp. 53
III Treaties with Bavaria and Hanoverp. 63
IV Thokoly, and the treaty with Polandp. 66
4 The Threat to Vienna
I The campaign in Hungaryp. 73
II Crisis in Austriap. 81
III The flight from Viennap. 90
5 The Siege
I The first weekp. 94
II Counterscarp and ravelinp. 106
6 Outside the City
I The Tartarsp. 111
II North of the Danubep. 113
III The messengers to and from Viennap. 119
IV The government at Passaup. 122
7 Warsaw, Dresden, Berlin and Regensburg
I Sobieski's journey to the Danubep. 129
II John George's journey to the Danubep. 141
III Frederick William's refusalp. 145
IV Leopold defies Louis XIVp. 148
8 The Relief of Vienna
I Leopold's journey down the Danubep. 151
II The Turks close in on the cityp. 153
III The crossing of the Danube and the Wiener Waldp. 159
IV 12 September, 1683p. 166
9 The Consequences of Victory
I Rejoicing and disenchantmentp. 174
II The death of the Grand Vezirp. 179
III Thokoly and Sobieskip. 182
IV The Holy Alliance of 1684p. 184
V The fall of Luxembourgp. 188
VI Vienna after the siegep. 194
Notes and Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 219