The Enemy at the Gate
Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for EuropeBook - 2009
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.
During the Reformation, one of the few things Catholics and Protestants could agree on was their mutual terror that the Ottoman Empire would conquer Christian Europe. In this study of the 1683 siege of Vienna, Wheatcroft (international publishing and communication, University of Stirling) the fear that drove the defenders of the city to finally repulse the Turkish army is a constant backdrop. The story is told as a military narrative in which the participants and events are portrayed in an almost cinematic style. Wheatcroft dispels myths that have grown up about the siege and adds an epilogue on relations between Austria-Hungary and Turkey after the end of the war. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)