You know that old joke about how the “Holy Roman Empire” was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire? Well, speaking as a history pedant, that joke would be better if it were told about the 1683-1699 Great Turkish War. I mean, the Holy Roman Empire may not have been especially holy (although that’s subjective), and it wasn’t Roman, but it was an empire. The Great Turkish War, on the other hand, wasn’t great (also subjective, but it definitely wasn’t so great if you were in the Ottoman army), wasn’t “Turkish” (Turkish nationalism was still more than a century away), and it wasn’t a war, it was actually a series of them.
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