Today in European history: the Battle of Vienna (1683)

and that's the way it was

So yesterday, when we talked about the Great Siege of Malta, I mentioned toward the end that the Ottomans, despite losing that siege, were still one of the preeminent military powers in the Mediterranean region (if not the preeminent military power) for another century plus. Well, by 1683 it had been a century plus, and that year’s Battle of Vienna showed that the times, they had a-changed. It was fought as part of the 1683-1699 Great Turkish War, one of many wars fought between the Ottomans and the Habsburg Empire in the 16th-18th centuries, and a war that ended with the first peace treaty the Ottomans ever signed at a total disadvantage, the Treaty of Karlowitz.

The Great Turkish War started in July 1683, when a massive (maybe 150,000 men or more) Ottoman army surrounded and besieged Vienna, which had only maybe 15,000 men to defend it. That…

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