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Garrisons and the Local Population in Ottoman Hungary: The Testimony of the Archaeological Finds

IBOLYA GERELYES

in The Frontiers of the Ottoman World

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264423
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.003.0020

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Garrisons and the Local Population in Ottoman Hungary: The Testimony of the Archaeological Finds

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It is generally accepted in Hungarian scholarly literature that Ottoman soldiers stationed on Hungarian territory did not mix with the local Hungarian population during the Ottoman period in Hungary (1541–1699). However, the written historical sources attest direct contact between Ottoman garrisons and the Hungarian population. This chapter attempts to examine how the picture drawn by the historical sources can be supplemented by archaeological evidence, in particular ceramics. This can be seen in the records of shops owned by the Ottoman Treasury and in customs registers. These sources attest that craftsmen and traders settling in the wake of the soldiers and supplying them were employed in the production and sale of goods that were almost exclusively for the satisfaction of basic everyday needs.

Keywords: Ottoman Hungary; ceramics; Ottoman garrisons; supply hinterlands; Ottoman Treasury

Chapter.  5851 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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