Town and Country on the Middle Danube: 1526-1690

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BRILL, 2006 - History - 264 pages
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The present volume deals with the period of Ottoman rule in the land between the rivers Sava, Drava and Danube. In the first part, factors of stability and change in the structures of social and economic life in villages and towns are discussed with particular emphasis on the development of new, or improved devices of analysis and methods of interpreting. To establish a link between tax registers and the picture of the past life, this part closes with the commentary of three stories from narrative sources of that period. In the second part an attempt is made to check the applicability of the results of the investigation of issues of taxation and demography on the local level to the wider areas of Ottoman Empire.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Late Medieval Slavonia
9
The village
15
Central Slavonia
27
Eastern Slavonia and western Srijem
28
Eastern Srijem
29
Incomplete success in recolonization
31
The size of the units of taxation
35
Historia phantastica
175
Why cliometrics?
183
The household divisormultiplier
184
Metrology
185
Methods of calculating the volume of agricultural production by conversion into economic wheat equivalent
186
Taxation and Demography
194
Just one tax?
223
Urban and rural houses
227

Agricultural production
44
The agriculture of suburbs
63
The town
67
Soldier and Subject
121
The Far West
147
Personal Experiences
158
A turcophile Jesuit
170
The historical demographes view
230
Conclusion
233
Postscript
237
Sources literature abbreviations
239
Glossary
247
Index
255
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Nenad Moacanin, Ph.D. (1990) in Philosophy, is Professor at the University of Zagreb. He has published on topics of Ottoman social and economic history, mainly related to the Western Balkans, including Turska Hrvatska (Matica Hrvatska, 1999).

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