THE OTTOMAN CONQUEST AND THE DEPOPULATION OF BOSNIA IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY

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by Emir O. Filipović

Abstract : Using available contemporary sources and previous research results, this paper deals with the way that the protracted Ottoman conquest of the Balkans affected the population of the Bosnian urban areas and countryside during the fifteenth century.The very first Ottoman incursions into Bosnia during the 1380’s were marked by people fleeing and running away from potential negative consequences of such military raids, and the process of depopulation continued, with varying intensity, even after the fall of the Bosnian Kingdom in 1463. Due to the very nature of preserved sources, this work is not an extensive statistical study or a detailed demographic overview of the period in question. That means that this analysis will not be able to provide an exact number or percentage of people who left Bosnia due to the Ottoman conquest, but it will focus on, present and highlight those sources which talk about the tendency of people to leave their homeland, run away and evade, either the Ottoman army, or the changes brought by Ottoman rule in general.

Source: academia.edu

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