Tactics in Ottoman Wars

Oct 2011
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Croatia
What are good sources for tactics - on both sides - in Ottoman Wars in Europe in 14th, 15th and 16th centuries? Including, if possible, overview of evolution of tactical approaches and mutual influence of two military cultures.
 
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Tulius

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May 2016
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I confess that I have this book on my bedside table for some time:

“Ottoman warfare, 1500–1700” by Rhoads Murphey

Ottoman Warfare, 1500-1700

Just saw some pages, but still didn’t read it.

I mainly got it, not because of the Balkans, but because I wanted to know more, from a more Ottoman perspective, about the 16th century conflict with the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean. It doesn’t speak about it… so it is still in my bedside table.
 
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Tulun

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Nov 2010
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apart from the book already recommended by Tulius, you can also try
A Military History of the Ottomans: From Osman to Ataturk by Edward J. Erickson and Mesut Uyar

Guns for the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire by Gábor Ágoston (also check out his academia.edu page for some of his articles )

and of course there are monographs on particular periods and fields, I'm for example looking for Caroline Finkel's
The Government of Warfare: the Ottoman Military Campaigns in Hungary, 1593–1606 since ages :))

I mainly got it, not because of the Balkans, but because I wanted to know more, from a more Ottoman perspective, about the 16th century conflict with the Portuguese in the Indian Ocean. It doesn’t speak about it… so it is still in my bedside table.
Yeah in EnglishThe Ottoman Age of Exploration by Giancarlo Casale comes to my mind that deals with that.
 
Oct 2011
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These all seem to cover Ottoman side of things, however? What about tactics of Hungarian-Croatian, Wallachian and Polish armies opposing them?
 
Sep 2019
143
Turkey
you can take a look at Halil İnalcık's books for Ottoman history . it's considered that he's the best historician of the republic of the Turkey .
 

Tulun

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Nov 2010
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These all seem to cover Ottoman side of things, however? What about tactics of Hungarian-Croatian, Wallachian and Polish armies opposing them?
There are monographs discussing those too for sure but tbh military history is not my thing so I'm not really familiar with them. But you might then also find interesting this book: From Nicopolis to Mohács: A History of Ottoman-Hungarian Warfare, 1389-1526 by Tamás Pálosfalvi, it discusses the warfare from the prespective of Hungarian side (I've it but I just looked into it, haven't read it over)
 
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Tulius

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May 2016
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There are monographs discussing those too for sure but tbh military history is not my thing so I'm not really familiar with them. But you might then also find interesting this book: From Nicopolis to Mohács: A History of Ottoman-Hungarian Warfare, 1389-1526 by Tamás Pálosfalvi, it discusses the warfare from the prespective of Hungarian side (I've it but I just looked into it, haven't read it over)
The author that you mentioned previously, Gábor Ágoston, also has an huge number of works available at academia.edu (as you also said). Some are in Hungarian, but many are in English: https://georgetown.academia.edu/GaborAgoston

And several cover the Ottoman-Hungarian Warfare. And the Habsburg-Ottoman conflict.

Even one in French, that hits the theme: https://www.academia.edu/17225821/La_frontière_militaire_ottomane_en_Hongrie

I just begun to take a look.

For now, I quite appreciated this one, for a different geography : https://www.academia.edu/40449362/FIRANGI_ZARBZAN_AND_RUM_DASTURI_THE_OTTOMANS_AND_THE_DIFFUSION_OF_FIREARMS_IN_ASIA
 
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Tulun

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The author that you mentioned previously, Gábor Ágoston, also has an huge number of works available at academia.edu (as you also said). Some are in Hungarian, but many are in English: https://georgetown.academia.edu/GaborAgoston

And several cover the Ottoman-Hungarian Warfare. And the Habsburg-Ottoman conflict.

Even one in French, that hits the theme: https://www.academia.edu/17225821/La_frontière_militaire_ottomane_en_Hongrie

I just begun to take a look.

For now, I quite appreciated this one, for a different geography : https://www.academia.edu/40449362/FIRANGI_ZARBZAN_AND_RUM_DASTURI_THE_OTTOMANS_AND_THE_DIFFUSION_OF_FIREARMS_IN_ASIA
I really like Gábor Ágoston, one of my favourites from among the contemporary Hungarian Ottomanists, I just feel sorry that his main focus is on military history which is not my cup of tea, he engaged more with social and cultural history in the earlier part of his career which I can appreciate more :))

Anyway, also about the Hungarian side of the Habsburg-Ottoman frontier Géza Pálffy wrote a lot too (from Habsburg Hungarian perspective) so it can complement Ágoston's "Ottoman side" of the story
for example

The Origins and Development of the Border Defence System against the Ottoman Empire in Hungary (Up to the Early Eighteenth Century). In: Ottomans, Hungarians, and Habsburgs in Central Europe: The Military Confines... Ed. Géza Dávid–Pál Fodor. Leiden–Boston–Köln : Brill, 2000. p. 3–69.

It worth to browse through his academia.edu page, most of the articles are in Hungarian but there are some in Western languages too which might interest Picard

https://tti.academia.edu/GézaPálffy/
 
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