Balkan Wars: Habsburg Croatia, Ottoman Bosnia, and Venetian Dalmatia, 1499-1617

Balkan Wars: Habsburg Croatia, Ottoman Bosnia, and Venetian Dalmatia, 1499-1617

by James D. Tracy


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Distinguished scholar James D. Tracy shows how the Ottoman advance across Europe stalled in the western Balkans, where three great powers confronted one another in three adjoining provinces: Habsburg Croatia, Ottoman Bosnia, and Venetian Dalmatia. Until about 1580, Bosnia was a platform for Ottoman expansion, and Croatia steadily lost territory, while Venice focused on protecting the Dalmatian harbors vital for its trade with the Ottoman east. But as Habsburg-Austrian elites coalesced behind military reforms, they stabilized Croatia’s frontier, while Bosnia shifted its attention to trade, and Habsburg raiders crossing Dalmatia heightened tensions with Venice. The period ended with a long inconclusive war between Habsburgs and Ottomans, and a brief inconclusive war between Austria and Venice. Based on rich primary research and a masterful synthesis of key studies, this book is the first English-language history of the early modern Western Balkans. More broadly, it brings out how the Ottomans and their European rivals conducted their wars in fundamentally different ways. A sultan’s commands were not negotiable, and Ottoman generals were held to a time-tested strategy for conquest. Habsburg sovereigns had to bargain with their elites, and it took elaborate processes of consultation to rally provincial estates behind common goals. In the end, government-by-consensus was able to withstand government-by-command.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442213586
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James D. Tracy is emeritus professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Ottoman Expansion in the Balkans
1 Hungary and Venice Defeated
2 The Ottoman Advantage: Advances in Slavonia, Croatia, and
3 Diplomacy and Kleinkrieg
4 War by Consultation vs. War by Command
5 War in a Time of Peace
6 Two Wars and Three Borders

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