The Siege of Vienna

John Stoye

The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. John Stoye tells the story of this momentous battle.
Date Published :
July 2017
Publisher :
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843410379
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 8 X 5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies. The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of the Empire, and the Hapsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. The hot September day that witnesses the last great trial of strength between Cross and Crescent opened an epoch in European history that lasted until the cataclysm of the First World War in 1914.

About The Author

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. He died in 2016.


“This work by a late English scholar is full of rich detail, giving the reader a complete picture of this epic battle, one that covers the events that led up to the battle as well as the battle itself… Last but not least, the author tells how the siege and its consequences influenced the development of Europe.”

- Military Heritage, March 2018

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