The Battle for Central Europe

The Siege of Szigetvár and the Death of Süleyman the Magnificent and Nicholas Zrínyi (1566)

Editor: Pál Fodor
In The Battle for Central Europe specialists in sixteenth-century Ottoman, Habsburg and Hungarian history provide the most comprehensive picture possible of a battle that determined the fate of Central Europe for centuries. Not only the siege and the death of its main protagonists are discussed, but also the wider context of the imperial rivalry and the empire buildings of the competing great powers of that age.

Contributors include Gábor Ágoston, János B. Szabó, Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik, Günhan Börekçi, Feridun M. Emecen, Alfredo Alvar Ezquerra, István Fazekas, Pál Fodor, Klára Hegyi, Colin Imber, Damir Karbić, József Kelenik, Zoltán Korpás, Tijana Krstić, Nenad Moačanin, Gülru Neci̇poğlu, Erol Özvar, Géza Pálffy, Norbert Pap, Peter Rauscher, Claudia Römer, Arno Strohmeyer, Zeynep Tarım, James D. Tracy, Gábor Tüskés, Szabolcs Varga, Nicolas Vatin.

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Pál Fodor, Ph.D. (1993), is Director General of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published on the political, military, administrative, and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire including The Business of State: Ottoman Finance Administration and Ruling Elites in Transition (1580s–1615) (Berlin, Klaus Schwarz, 2018).
[...] 'The ambitions of this volume far exceed commemoration of the siege or the prominent deaths closely linked with it. The Battle for Central Europe takes up a multilayered, inter-imperial approach to a complex set of historical developments.
[...] As a commemoration of 1566, the volume succeeds in offering a detailed, multifaceted approach to the widest range of historical developments attached to Szigetvár. In fact, for such a wide-ranging set of contributions, the volume is remarkably coherent because it is organized around a relatively narrow and self-contained set of historical events. For these reasons, the volume is a welcome addition to existing scholarship.

Christopher Markiewicz, University of Birmingham, in Turkish Historical Review, vol.10, nos.2-3, 2019
All interested in the history of Ottoman–Habsburg (Muslim–Christian) confrontation and the formation of Central Europe in the 16th century.