Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV Volume 3
The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1718
Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #55
Author : Bruno Mugnai
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General - Pages : 386 | Images : 121 b/w ills, 9 b/w maps, numerous tables, 16pp colour plates
Paperback - Date of Publication : May 2020 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781913118846 | Helion Book Code : HEL1211
Conflicts between Christian powers and the Ottoman Empire displayed completely different characteristics compared to other contemporary wars fought in Europe, war without mercy being the norm. The tones adopted by Western literature to describe the Ottomans resemble the ones recently used against the communist bloc and the Soviet Union, and it is probably not a coincidence that certain prophecies about the sultan, such as his arrival in Rome and watering the horse in San Pietro, survived until the post-1945 period, replacing the Grand Turk with the Red Army’s Cossacks.
This book deals with the organization, the composition and the history of the army of the Sublime Porte, starting from the information contained in Western sources. This approach, despite the partial origin of the information, allows a critical examination of the sources and the formulation of a vision that is not conditioned by the clichés that often occur about such topics, returning us to a a neutral vision of the complex Ottoman ‘Military’ represented with all its refined and sumptuous costumes and weapons apparatus.
A larger part of the work is dedicated to the different types of clothing and insignia of the different corps, their evolution and the meaning of the different symbols.
"If there is a better book on the Ottoman army in the 17th Century, I would like to see it, because it must be very impressive to beat what Mugnai has achieved in this volume. Mugnai writes with clarity and obvious specialist knowledge, and while I found the narrative of battles and campaigns, particularly those around the siege of Vienna in 1683, the most interesting aspects of the book, the understanding that Mugnai brings to every aspect of the Ottoman army is informative and well written. This book is full of illustrations and photographs, but it is the beautiful colour plates, also painted by the multi-talented Mugnai that catch the eye. Overall, this is an excellent book for specialists and general military history enthusiasts. Highly recommended 10/10." Beating Tsundoku website