Ransom Slavery Along the Ottoman Borders: (Early Fifteenth - Early Eighteenth Centuries)

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Géza Dávid, Pál Fodor
BRILL, 2007 - History - 253 pages
Notwithstanding the spectacular upswing in the research, there are areas of Ottoman slavery that have still not received the attention they deserve. This volume intends to take a step towards bridging this gap. The twelve studies it contains are organised around connected themes: the hunt for, the trade in and the treatment of captives in the Balkans and in Central Europe. The area under scrutiny is focussed on Hungary, and some other border regions extending from the Crimea to Malta. It offers both an analytic and synthetic approach based on a great deal of so far unpublished Ottoman and European archival material. It not only examines Christian slavery in the Ottoman Empire, but also provides greater insight into the tribulations of Ottoman slaves in the Christian world and sheds light on the devastating effect of captive-related transactions on trade and sometimes on the financial position of whole communities.

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ENIKO CSUKOVITS Miraculous escapes from Ottoman captivity
ISTVÁN TRINGLI Litigations for Ottoman prisoners of war and the siege of Buzsin 1481 1522
ÁRPÁD NÓGRÁDY A list of ransom for Ottoman captives imprisoned in Croatian castles 1492
GÉZA PÁLFFY Ransom slavery along the Ottoman Hungarian frontier in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
KLÁRA HEGYI Freed slaves as soldiers in the Ottoman fortresses in Hungary
FERENC SZAKÁLY The ransom of Ali bey of Koppány The impact of capturing slaves on trade in Ottoman Hungary
ISTVÁN GYÖRGY TÓTH Catholic missionaries as Turkish prisoners in Ottoman Hungary in the seventeenth century
ZSUZSANNA J ÚJVÁRY A Muslim captives vicissitudes in Ottoman Hungary midseventeenth century
JÁNOS J VARGA Ransoming Ottoman slaves from Munich 1688
GÉZA DÁVID Manumitted male slaves at Galata and Istanbul around 1700
MÁRIA IVANICS Enslavement slave labour and treatment of captives in the Crimean Khanate
PÁL FODOR Maltese pirates Ottoman captives and French traders in the early seventeenthcentury Mediterranean

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Géza Dávid, DSc (1997) in History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is Professor of Ottoman history at Departement of Turkish Studies, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest. He has published extensively on the demographic history of Ottoman Hungary and on the Ottoman state administration including Studies in Demographic and Administrative History of Ottoman Hungary (Istanbul: Isis, 1997).
Pál Fodor. DSc (2006) in History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is senior researcher at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. He has published extensively on the military and administrative organisation and the ideology of the Ottoman state including In Quest of the Golden Apple. Imperial Ideology, Politics, and Military Administration in the Ottoman Empire(Istanbul: Isis, 2000).

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