Today in European history: the Battle of Saint Gotthard (1664)

The Battle of Vienna in 1683 is generally regarded as the Ottoman Empire’s high water mark, since it put the empire on the defensive and eventually led to the 1699 Treaty of Karlowitz, the first truly disadvantageous treaty the Ottomans ever concluded with other European powers. If you look at the 1664 Battle of Saint Gotthard, the final clash of the 1663-1664 Ottoman-Austrian War, you can see some of the seeds of that coming Ottoman defeat, as well as the many more that would follow. The Ottomans, in fact, lost at Saint Gotthard, though they’d already won the war so the battle’s outcome was somewhat irrelevant.

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One thought on “Today in European history: the Battle of Saint Gotthard (1664)

  1. I love your little asides. The War of the Spanish Succession has vexed undergrads since the beginning of time (1947).

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