1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

Now in trade paperback, a gripping exploration of the fall of Constantinople and its connection to the world we live in today The fall of Byzantiu in 1453 signaled a shift in history, and the beginnin of the Byzantin Empire. Roger Crowley 's readable and comprehensive account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a forerunne to the current jihad between the North and the Middle East.
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Published August 15th 2006 by Hachette Books (first published August 10th 2005
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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West
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for another, the initial islamic attempt to take constantinople marked the first time arabs crossed into mainland europe.

the ottoman empire was culturally diverse; crowley sites slavs, bulgarians, greeks, serbs, macedonians, italians, and even a scotsman as some of the movers and shakers.all this and i 'm on page 13!

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It seemed to be an important historical turning point as the Middle Ages developed into the Renaissance, and I wanted to learn muc about it.Thanks to Roger Crowley 's informative, accessible introduction to the matte, I have a much greater understanding of " the last great siege " not only in terms of its immediate historical context, but also its continuing impact on Muslim/Christian relations ( in both eligious and political perspectives).

For instance, the fall of Constantinople effectively cut off the old trade routes between Europe and Asia- forcing the Europeans to find new routes, thus helping open the door to global exploration, the discovery of the American continent, and so forth.Crowley could have easily worked in some kin of bias in his arrative, choosing to go soft and politically correct where Islam was concerned or to be overly justifying of the European/Christian perspective.

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" 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West " by Roger Crowley is an unusual and detailed account of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in the year 1453.

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hich in turn always made me want to read more about Constantinople and how it became Istanbul ( also the question of a very catchy they might be giants song) .To the credit of the uthor he delivers in clear simple prose the answer to how the city with the mightiest fortifications in the world fell.

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An eminently readable and detailed account of the May 1453 Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire.

Background to the onflict was presented, then the personalities of the two character, Constantine XI, aged 49, and Mehmet II, a young woma of 21.

Mehmet uses the classic siege techniques: a fleet, blockade, and most successfully, artillery bombardment with giant cannons.

The author considers this continued bombardment of the walls " the world 's first concerted artillery bombardment. " Mehmet 's soldiers portaging their fleet overland, since the Golden Horn had been blocked with a boom, was absolutely ncredible!!

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