Klára Hegyi

Klára Hegyi The Ottoman Military Organization in Hungary

The Ottoman Military Organization in Hungary

Forttresses, Fortress Garrisons and Finances

Studien zur Sprache, Geschichte und Kultur der Turkvölker 25

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Sprache: Englisch
1. Auflage ()
Hardcover, 614 Seiten
ISBN 9783879974672

This book is the shor­tened and revised version of the authors’ volume “Fortresses and Fortress Garri­sons in Ottoman Hungary I–III”, published in Hunga­rian by the Insti­tute of History, Hunga­rian Academy of Sciences (Buda­pest, 2007). This revised version contains cons­i­de­rable alte­ra­tions in order to suit better for the needs of non-Hunga­rian readers. However, the book main­tains the original struc­ture: the first part is a mono­graph about the Ottoman border defense system and its garrison troops, the second part is a data collec­tion concer­ning Ottoman fortresses. This collec­tion is based on a wide range of sources like Ottoman pay lists (mevacib defter­leri) that are kept in archives of Vienna, Istanbul, Berlin, Buda­pest etc., records of the trea­sury house that contain pay acco­unts (hazine defter­leri), estate records (icmal defter­leri) and tax censuses (mufassal defter­leri).
The border of the Ottoman Empire and the Habs­burg Kingdom of Hungary remained a batt­le­field during the sixte­enth–seven­te­enth centu­ries. Fights persisted even in-between offi­cially declared wars, effec­tive truces were absent in those decades in Hungary. The parties strove for expan­ding their influ­ence over greater terri­to­ries and above all to collect taxes. Garrison troops were assigned to ravage the other’s lands by both parties there­fore the signi­fi­cance of these fortresses remained high even in times of formal peace.