Ottoman Rule

Bosnia in the era of Restauration, 1815-1848

As the Ottoman Empire was not directly affected by the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, Restauration was not imperative.
The Ottoman Empire was declining, and Serbia rose in revolt in 1804, again in 1815, and in 1830 achieved, with Russian diplomatic protection, the recognition of political autonomy of Serbia proper, within the Ottoman Empire. Serbia proper was ethnically rather homogenous, as opposed to Bosnia-Hercegovina with it's three large ethno-religious minorities.
Bosnia's Serb Orthodox community followed events in Serbia proper with deep sympathy; the politically aware leaders of the country's Muslim community, even if convinced of the necessity of political reforms, by and large remained loyal to the Ottoman Empire.

History of Bosnia-Hercegovina, by Andreas Riedlmayer, from Bosnian Embassy, from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1914 edition
Sarajevo over the centuries, from the Bosnia Page
Links to Bosnian history, from Caltech
REFERENCE Fred Singleton, A Short History of the Yugoslav Peoples, Cambridge University Press (1985) 1999

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First posted in 2002, last revised on November 7th 2004

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