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The Legal and Political Status of Wallachia and Moldavia in Relation to the Ottoman Porte

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Studying tributary status is largely a matter of understanding the character of one's sources and asking the right questions. In order to decipher the official Ottoman view on the political position of tributary states, provinces, rulers, and people, it is necessary to apply a wider range of documentation. This also requires a deeper analysis of administrative and diplomatic chancellery documents that reflect the political, military, and diplomatic practice more directly and therefore render a better understanding possible. Considering Süleyman the Magnificent's epoch as a turning point in the political and juridical status of Wallachia and Moldavia vis-à-vis the Porte, in this chapter the author mainly responds to the following three questions: Did the Ottomans conquer the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia? Were Wallachia and Moldavia in the Ottoman Empire? And, did longterm "treaties" exist between the Ottoman Empire and the two Danubian principalities?.

Keywords:legal status; Moldavia; Ottoman porte; political status; tributary status; Wallachia

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