Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV Volume 3

Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV Volume 3

The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1719

Bruno Mugnai

Organization, composition and history of the army of the Sublime Porte in the age of the maximum expansion of the Empire.
Date Published :
May 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
8 Original color plates with figures or ensigns
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118846
Pages : 360
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
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Overview
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Conflicts between Christian powers and the Ottoman Empire displayed completely different characteristics compared to other contemporary wars fought in Europe, war without mercy being the norm. The tones adopted by Western literature to describe the Ottomans resemble the ones recently used against the communist bloc and the Soviet Union, and it is probably not a coincidence that certain prophecies about the sultan, such as his arrival in Rome and watering the horse in San Pietro, survived until the post-1945 period, replacing the Grand Turk with the Red Army’s Cossacks.

This book deals with the organization, the composition and the history of the army of the Sublime Porte, starting from the information contained in Western sources. This approach, despite the partial origin of the information, allows a critical examination of the sources and the formulation of a vision that is not conditioned by the clichés that often occur about such topics, returning us to a a neutral vision of the complex Ottoman ‘Military’ represented with all its refined and sumptuous costumes and weapons apparatus.

A larger part of the work is dedicated to the different types of clothing and insignia of the different corps, their evolution and the meaning of the different symbols.

About The Author
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Bruno Mugnai was born in Florence in 1962 and still lives there with Silvia, Chiara and Eugenio. Active for years as a divulger of history and illustrator, he has published several titles for publishers such as the Historical Office of the Italian Army and Helion & Company in the UK, concerning to the periods and geographical areas of his interest, as the Ancient Italian States, central and eastern Europe in 16th, 17th and 18th century and South America after the conquest. As an illustrator he is collaborating with important Italian and foreign specialists and with the Stibbert Museum of Florence. Bruno is a Rugby Football Union enthusiast, who is still trusting in the Italian Grand Slam in the Six Nations Tournament.

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