REVIEW ARTICLES THE OTTOMAN CONFLICT IN EUROPEAN HISTORY DAVID PARROTT New College, Oxford Niederkorn, Jan Paul, Die europäischen Mächte und der "Lange Türkenkrieg" Kaiser Rudolfs II (1593-1606), Archiv für österreichische Geschichte, vol. 135 (Vienna: Verlag der österreichischen Akademic der Wissenschaften, 1993), 545 pp. ISBN 3 700121113. The imminence of the Thirty Years' War, and the internal confessional rivalries and constitutional conflicts within the Habsburg Lands and the Holy Roman Empire, have drawn attention away from the "Lange Tiirkenkrieg," the war fought in the borderlands of Hungary between 1593 and 1606 which involved, militarily or diplomatically, almost all of the European powers. While it has frequently been remarked that the Christian victory at the 1571 battle of Lepanto had a modest impact on the military capacity and resilience of the Ottoman Empire, the land struggle against the Turks which began in 1593 coincided with, and certainly aggravated, the first unmistakable cracks in the Ottoman sys- tem. A sequence of three weak sultans and the increasing problems of meeting heavy military burdens in multiple campaign theatres from a system of military service based upon the declining eflectiveness of the timar, combined with a failure to bring the eastern and southern
Journal of Early Modern History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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