Today in European history: the Treaty of Karlowitz (1699)

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), … Continue reading Today in European history: the Treaty of Karlowitz (1699)

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

So yesterday, when we talked about the Great Siege of Malta, I mentioned toward the end that the Ottomans, despite losing that siege, would remain one of the great military powers in the Mediterranean region for another century or more. Well, by 1683 it had been a century or more, and that year’s Battle of Vienna … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Vienna (1683)