Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines in the Era of Ottoman Conquest

Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines in the Era of Ottoman Conquest

Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines in the Era of Ottoman Conquest

Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines in the Era of Ottoman Conquest

Synopsis

The Central European military frontier in the fifteenth-seventeenth centuries hides a treasure of military history information. This collective volume provides a fascinating overview to scholars and students interested in the paradigms of the history of frontiers, of imperial structures, and of early modern state finances. The first part of the book examines the birth and development of the Hungarian and Habsburg defence systems from their origins until their dissolution in the early eighteenth century. The second part focuses on the Ottoman military establishment in Hungary. Special emphasis has been put throughout on administration, finance, manpower problems, and aspects of the military revolution in the marches. The book is unique in its complex and comparative approach; no similar effort has yet been made concerning other areas of the Ottoman Empire.

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This book is the fruit of a collective effort by Hungarian scholars specialising in Ottoman and Habsburg-Hungarian history of the fifteenthseventeenth centuries.

The idea that experts of the two sides should work and publish together in English the results of their respective and complementary research into the conflict of the two great powers of the age, was raised in 1995. Two major considerations lay behind the formulation of such a plan. On the one hand, it was thought that a two-sided, collective approach could considerably contribute to a more realistic assessment of the significance of the Habsburg-Hungarian-Ottoman frontier. On the other hand, we realised that while Hungarian historians achieved a great progress in the study of the subject, due to linguistic barriers, their results mostly remained unnoticed or unknown in non-Hungarian scholarly literature.

In order to translate the idea into practice, a project has been launched at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences under the direction of Pál Fodor. With the participation of both Europeanists and Ottomanists, four thematic volumes have been produced in the second half of the nineties. The first of these is now published in this book and is concerned with the border defence systems established on the territory of Medieval Hungary in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The other three volumes will also be dealing with issues which were vital in the functioning of frontiers, including ransom slavery, information gathering and trade between the two worlds.

The project could not have been realised without the generous assistance of two Hungarian scholarly institution. OTKA, Hungary's biggest scientific research foundation, has supplied considerable sums in the last four years thus enabling us to produce texts of acceptable standards in English and to employ competent professional editors. I am grateful to the foundation for their appreciation of our undertaking. The Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy not only provided the infrastructure to our work but its publishing section undertook to produce the camera-ready version of this volume. I would like to thank . . .

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