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Ransom Slavery Along The Ottoman– Hungarian Frontier In The Sixteenth And Seventeenth Centuries

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This chapter tries to bring together some important elements of Ottoman–Hungarian common law and customs along the borders, including the characteristic features of slavery and the trade in captives, based on new documentary evidence from the Budapest and Viennese archives. Ransom slavery along the Ottoman–Hungarian frontier reached its peak during the long period of peace (1606–1663). Indeed, it would seem that this method of acquiring and keeping captives became a profitable business amid the chaotic conditions created by the Fifteen Years’ War (1591/93–1606). The liberation war at the end of the seventeenth century (1683–1699) marked the beginning of a new era in the life of Hungary and Central Europe. The defeat of the Ottomans and the establishment of the military border zones (Militärgrenze) concluded 150 years of Hungarian–Ottoman coexistence.

Keywords: liberation war; military border zones; Ottoman–Hungarian common law; Ottoman–Hungarian frontier; ransom slavery

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