The Ottoman History Podcast has published an interview with Dr. Gábor Ágoston, associate professor of history at Georgetown and a specialist in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Dr. Graham Auman Pitts and doctoral candidate Faisal Husain conducted the interview, which is a part of OHP's forthcoming 'Political Ecologies' series.
'Whereas military histories once focused narrowly on armies, battles, and technologies, the new approach to military history emphasizes how armies and navies were linked to issues such as political economy, gender, and environment. In this episode, we sit down with Gábor Ágoston to discuss the principal issues concerning the relationship between the Ottoman-Habsburg military frontier in Hungary and the environmental history of the early modern period. From the battle of Mohacs in 1526, through the dramatic battle of Vienna 1683, and until the Treaty of Sistova 1791, the Ottoman-Habsburg frontier was the site of fighting, fortification, and mobilization. In our conversation, we consider the environmental dimensions of these centuries of conflict and contact, focusing on how the military revolution transformed the way in which armies used and managed resources and the role of both anthropogenic and climatic factors in reshaping the Hungarian landscape.'
You can stream the podcast below via Soundcloud, or download it in iTunes or Google Play.
Articles written by students and faculty in environmental history at Georgetown University.