Wars and Soldiers in the Early Reign of Louis XIV, Volume 3: The Armies of the Ottoman Empire 1645-1719

Bruno Mugnai (Author)


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.

Product Details

$59.95  $55.15
Helion & Company
Publish Date
September 17, 2020
7.1 X 9.7 X 0.7 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

Bruno Mugnai nació en Florencia en 1962 y vive allí con Silvia, Chiara y Eugenio. Apasionado por la historia militar desde muy joven, ha publicado dos libros sobre el Ejército Otomano de 1645 a 1718. Es también autor de ensayos sobre la campaña italiana de la Guerra de Sucesión Española y de artículos de uniformidad e historia militar de los siglos XVII y XVIII. Más recientemente, ha tratado la historia militar de la Toscana durante las campañas revolucionarias francesas, la era napoleónica y la de preunificación. Ha publicado también una monografía sobre las instituciones militares del Ejército Italiano del estado de Lucca en el siglo XIX para la Oficina Histórica del Ejército Italiano y ha completado para la misma editorial una contribución similar sobre el ejército del gran ducado de Toscana de 1737 a 1799. Con Cristini ha colaborado en las ilustraciones de los dos volúmenes dedicados a la Guerra de los 30 Años y a la realización del título L'Esercito Imperiale al tempo del principe Eugenio di Savoia.