Militarization of the Serbian State under Ottoman Pressure

Ivanović, Miloš (2019) Militarization of the Serbian State under Ottoman Pressure. Hungarian Historical Review, 8 (2). pp. 390-410. ISSN 2063-8647

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After the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, Serbian territories were under strong Ottoman pressure. Turkish vassals soon became their rulers. Under these circumstances, they endeavored to fulfill their obligations to the Sultan and to strengthen the defense of their states. For these purposes, the ruling families, the Lazarevićs and Brankovićs, introduced new taxes during the last decade of the fourteenth century. Also, Despot Stefan Lazarević (1389–1427) established a different type of military service, placing emphasis on the defense of the country’s borders. Based on archaeological material and written sources, one can conclude that Serbian rulers paid great attention to the construction and restoration of fortresses. In the first decade of the fifteenth century, Despot Stefan began to reform the local government system. The new administrative units were organized according to the model of former marches (krajišta), which were headed by voivodes. Finally, the fresco painting of Serbian monasteries also offers evidence of the militarization of Serbian society during the period of the Ottoman threat

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Editors of Thematic Issue, Moving Borders in Medieval Central Europe
Uncontrolled Keywords: Militarization, Serbia, Ottomans, Hungary, taxes, warriors, fortresses, marches
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
Depositing User: Slavica Merenik
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 09:59
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 09:21

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