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Enemy at the gate,
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There is only a little that i want to add to the other reviews.
Certainly the book takes a little while to get into.
I wholeheartedly agree that the maps, therein are totally inadequate and in no way enhance the reading of the book.
There is no explanation of the living conditions after the siege was ended and how and if people returned to the city or left the city to get back to the outlying villages.What about burials? and any organised attempts at restoring order and normality in Vienna?
However I did enjoy the historical overview at the end of the book leading to the outbreak of the First World War.
Finally, I wonder whether the author was deliberately allowing us to draw our own conclusions on why in the aftermath, the Hapsburg Empire was obsessively keen on building bulwarks to guard against Ottoman aggression, whilst leaving the real threat from the West fatally comprimised ?