Fodor, Pál (ed.): The Battle for Central Europe : The Siege of Szigetvár and the Death of Süleyman the Magnificent and Nicholas Zrínyi (1566). Brill, 2019.
In The Battle for Central Europe, specialists in 16th 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 and Nicolas Vatin.
“These were hard times for Skanderbeg, but he had an ally, the Hungarian Hunyadi” Episodes in Albanian–Hungarian Historical Contacts. Csaplár-Degovics, Krisztián, ed. Budapest, 2019.
Although there has been no organized Albanian research in Hungary, the chapters in this book clearly demonstrate that researchers well-versed in the various historical periods have engaged in a joint investigation of the Albanian-Hungarian past. The reader of this book will find that the two peoples have, over the last 500 years and more, come into more than merely superficial contact: their histories are closely intertwined. The authors have looked into – for example – how the relationship between Skanderbeg and John Hunyadi may be reconstructed from historical sources; how the Araniti family rebuilt their lost power in areas of Hungary occupied by the Ottomans, and how Muslim and Catholic Albanian military commanders found themselves facing each other on the 17th century battlefields of Hungary. The authors are among the finest in their fields. Their studies reveal new research findings, many of which will cause a sensation in the world of Albanian studies. The book is thus a distillation of contemporary Hungarian work on Albanian studies and also a salute by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the joint Albanian-Hungarian and Austro-Hungarian past.