Today in European history: the Battle of Mohács (1687)

Today is the anniversary of the second of two major Ottoman battles at Mohács, in southern Hungary. We’ll talk about the first, which took place in 1526, in a couple of weeks. Although they shared a setting and one combatant, the two battles of Mohács couldn’t have gone more differently. In the first, an expanding Ottoman Empire won a decisive victory that allowed it to conquer much of Hungary. In the second, today’s subject, a struggling Ottoman Empire was chased out of Hungary for good.

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