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The Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
(Turkish: Semendire Sancağı; Serbian: Смедеревски санџак/Smederevski sandžak), also known in historiography as the Pashalik of Belgrade
Belgrade
(Turkish: Belgrad Paşalığı; Serbian: Београдски пашалук/Beogradski pašaluk), was an Ottoman administrative unit (sanjak), that existed between the 15th and the outset of the 19th centuries. It was located in the territory of present-day Central Serbia, Serbia.

Contents

1 Administration

1.1 Eyalet belonging 1.2 Borders

2 History

2.1 15th century 2.2 16th century 2.3 18th century

3 Demographics 4 Economy 5 Governors 6 Citations 7 Sources 8 Further reading 9 External links

Administration[edit] Eyalet belonging[edit] The sanjak belonged to Rumelia Eyalet
Rumelia Eyalet
between 1459 and 1541, and again between 1716 and 1717 and again 1739 and 1817 (nominally to 1830), to Budin Eyalet
Budin Eyalet
between 1541 and 1686, and to Temeșvar Eyalet
Temeșvar Eyalet
between 1686 and 1688 and again between 1690 and 1716. Borders[edit] During the governorship of Hadji Mustafa Pasha
Hadji Mustafa Pasha
(1793–1801), the administration was expanded eastwards to include the Kladovo
Kladovo
area, until then part of the Sanjak of Vidin.[1] History[edit] 15th century[edit] The Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
was formed after the fall of the Serbian Despotate in 1459, and its administrative seat was Smederevo. Ottoman sources note a migration of "Vlachs" (pastoralists) to the Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
and parts of the Sanjak of Kruševac and Sanjak of Vidin; in 1476 there were 7,600 Vlach households and 15,000 peasant households.[2] 16th century[edit] After the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
conquered Belgrade
Belgrade
in 1521, the administrative seat of the Sanjak was moved to this city. In period when Battle of Mohács
Battle of Mohács
took place the sanjakbey of Smederevo
Smederevo
was Kučuk Bali-beg.[3] 18th century[edit] The Sanjak was occupied by the Habsburg Monarchy
Habsburg Monarchy
as the Kingdom of Serbia
Serbia
(1718–39), however, with the Treaty of Belgrade, the area was ceded to the Ottoman Empire. Belgrade, the center of the region while under Austrian rule, was neglected under the Ottomans and Smederevo (Semendire) was the administrative center. Nevertheless, Belgrade eventually became the seat of a pasha with the title of vizier and the Sanjak began to be referred to as the Pashaluk of Belgrade, although it was still called the Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
in official documents. In 1788, Koča's frontier rebellion
Koča's frontier rebellion
saw eastern Šumadija
Šumadija
occupied by Austrian Serbian freikorps and hajduks. From 1788–91, Belgrade
Belgrade
was again under Austrian rule after Koča's rebellion. The Siege of Belgrade
Belgrade
from 15 September to 8 October 1789, a Habsburg Austrian force besieged the fortress of Belgrade. The Austrians held the city until 1791 when it handed Belgrade
Belgrade
back to the Ottomans according to the terms of the Treaty of Sistova. In 1793 and 1796 Sultan Selim III
Selim III
proclaimed firmans which gave more rights to Serbs. Among other things, taxes were to be collected by the obor-knez (dukes); freedom of trade and religion were granted and there was peace. Selim III
Selim III
also decreed that some unpopular janissaries were to leave the Belgrade
Belgrade
Pashaluk as he saw them as a threat to the central authority of Hadži Mustafa Pasha. Many of those janissaries were employed by or found refuge with Osman Pazvantoğlu, a renegade opponent of Sultan Selim III
Selim III
in the Sanjak of Vidin. Fearing the dissolution of the Janissary command in the Sanjak of Smederevo, Osman Pazvantoğlu
Osman Pazvantoğlu
launched a series of raids against Serbians without the permission of Sultan Selim III, causing much volatility and fear in the region.[4] Pazvantoğlu was defeated in 1793 by the Serbs at the Battle of Kolari.[5] In the summer of 1797 the sultan appointed Mustafa Pasha
Pasha
on position of beglerbeg of Rumelia Eyalet
Rumelia Eyalet
and he left Serbia
Serbia
for Plovdiv
Plovdiv
to fight against the Vidin rebels of Pazvantoğlu.[6] During the absence of Mustafa Pasha, the forces of Pazvantoğlu captured Požarevac
Požarevac
and besieged the Belgrade
Belgrade
fortress.[7] At the end of November 1797 obor-knezes Aleksa Nenadović, Ilija Birčanin
Ilija Birčanin
and Nikola Grbović from Valjevo brought their forces to Belgrade
Belgrade
and forced the besieging janissary forces to retreat to Smederevo.[8][9] By 1799 the janissary corps had returned, as they were pardoned by Sultan's decree, and they immediately suspended the Serbian autonomy and drastically increased taxes, enforcing martial law in Serbia. On 15 December 180, the popular Vizier
Vizier
of Belgrade
Belgrade
Hadji Mustafa Pasha, a trusted ally of Selim III, was murdered by Kučuk Alija. Alija was one of the four leading Dahijas, Janissary commanders who were opposed to the Sultan's reforms. [10] [11] This resulted in the Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
being ruled by these renegade janissaries independently from the Ottoman government. Several district chiefs were murdered in the Slaughter of the Knezes
Slaughter of the Knezes
on February 4, 1804, by the renegade janissaries. This sparked the First Serbian Uprising (1804–13), the first phase of the Serbian Revolution. Despite suppression of the uprising in 1813 and Hadži Prodan's Revolt
Hadži Prodan's Revolt
in 1814, the Second Serbian Uprising
Second Serbian Uprising
led by Duke Miloš Obrenović succeeded with creation of semi-independent Principality of Serbia
Principality of Serbia
in 1817 (confirmed with Ferman
Ferman
from Mahmud II
Mahmud II
in 1830), gained independence in 1878 by Treaty of San Stefano
Treaty of San Stefano
and evolved to Kingdom of Serbia
Serbia
in 1882. This marked the end of the Sanjak. Demographics[edit] The majority of Slavic-speaking Muslims (called "Serb-Muslims" in historiography) in the Belgrade
Belgrade
Pashalik were immigrants.[12] These were mostly villagers, but also feudals, soldiers, officials, and some were among the highest social class, in the administration.[12] The proportion of Muslims was notably decreased in the late 17th and first half of the 18th century, after a major influx of Serbs (Christians) from outlying territories, mostly from Dinaric areas.[1] Economy[edit] The Sanjak of Smederevo
Smederevo
was one of six Ottoman sanjaks with most developed shipbuilding (besides sanjaks of Vidin, Nicopolis, Požega, Zvornik and Mohač).[13] Governors[edit]

Ali Bey Mihaloğlu
Ali Bey Mihaloğlu
(1462–1507) Kučuk Bali-beg Jahjapašić (after 1521, before 1526) Hadži Mustafa Pasha
Pasha
(1793–1801) Bekir Pasha
Pasha
(1804) Suleiman Pasha
Pasha
(1813–15) Marashli Ali Pasha
Pasha
(1815–17)

Citations[edit]

^ a b Radosavljević 2007. ^ Balkan Studies. The Institute. 1986. p. 10. Retrieved 10 March 2013. Turkish sources declare that a wave of Vlah herdsmen flowed into Smederevo
Smederevo
sandzak and a large part of Krusevac and Vidin sandzak  ^ Peçevî, İbrahim (2000). Historija: 1520-1576 (in Serbian). El-Kalem. Retrieved 1 August 2011. Brat je Kučuk bali-bega koji je u vreme Mohačke bitke bio beg Smedereva.  ^ von Ranke, Leopold, ed. (1973), History of Servia and the Servian Revolution (Europe 1815-1945 Series), Da Capo Pr, ISBN 978-0-306-70051-4  ^ Roger Viers Paxton (1968). Russia and the First Serbian Revolution: A Diplomatic and Political Study. The Initial Phase, 1804-1807. - (Stanford) 1968. VII, 255 S. 8°. Department of History, Stanford University. p. 13.  ^ Ćorović 1997

U leto 1797. sultan ga je imenovao za rumeliskog begler-bega i Mustafa je otišao u Plovdiv, da rukovodi akcijom protiv buntovnika iz Vidina i u Rumeliji.

^ Ćorović 1997

Za vreme njegova otsutstva vidinski gospodar sa janičarima naredio je brz napad i potukao je srpsku i pašinu vojsku kod Požarevca, pa je prodro sve do Beograda i zauzeo samu varoš.

^ Filipović, Stanoje R. (1982). Podrinsko-kolubarski region. RNIRO "Glas Podrinja". p. 60. Ваљевски кнезови Алекса Ненадовић, Илија Бирчанин и Никола Грбовић довели су своју војску у Београд и учествовали у оштрој борби са јаничарима који су се побеђени повукли.  ^ Ćorović 1997

Pred sam Božić stigoše u pomoć valjevski Srbi i sa njihovom pomoću turska gradska posada odbi napadače i očisti grad. Ilija Birčanin gonio je "Vidinlije" sve do Smedereva.

^ Ćorović, Vladimir (1997), Istorija srpskog naroda, Ars Libri, retrieved 7 December 2012, janjičari ga 15. decembra 1801. ubiše u beogradskom gradu. Potom uzeše vlast u svoje ruke, spremni da je brane svima sredstvima. Kao glavne njihove vođe istakoše se četiri dahije: Kučuk Alija, pašin ubica, Aganlija, Mula Jusuf i Mehmed-aga Fočić.  ^ The Balkans, 1804–2012: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers. 2012. p. 3. Retrieved 7 December 2017.  ^ a b Konstandinović 1970, p. 55. ^ Godis̆njak grada Beograda. Beogradske novine. 1979. p. 35. Retrieved 7 September 2013. Ипак градња бродова се посебно везивала за шест санџака: никопољски, видински, смедеревски, зворнички, пожешки и мохачки. 

Sources[edit]

Pantelić, Dušan (1949). "Београдски пашалук" (in Serbian). Belgrade: Srpska akademija nauka.  Konstandinović, Nikola (1970). Beogradski pašaluk: severna Srbija pod Turcima : teritorija, stanovništvo, proizvodne snage. N. Konstandinović. 

Further reading[edit]

Đorđević, M.; Nedeljković, S. (2015). "Политичке прилике у београдском пашалуку у предвечерје српске револуције (1787-1804)". Teme-Časopis za Društvene Nauke.  Самарџић, Р (1960). Београд и Србија у списима француских савременика XVI-XVIII века [ Belgrade
Belgrade
and Serbia
Serbia
in the writings of French contemporaries from 16th to 18th century]. Београд: Просвета.  Radosavljević, Nedeljko (2007). Православна црква у Београдском пашалуку 1766-1831. Istorijski institut. ISBN 978-86-7743-065-8.  Svirčević, Miroslav (2002). "Knežinska i seoska samouprava u Srbiji 1739-1788-delokrug i identitet lokalne samouprave u Srbiji od Beogradskog mira (1739) do Austrijsko-turskog rata (1788)". Balcanica (22-23).  Miljković-Bojanić, E. (2004) Smederevski sandžak - 1476-1560 - zemlja, naselja, stanovništvo. Beograd: Istorijski institut

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