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The late medieval Balkans

a critical survey from the late twelfth century to the Ottoman Conquest

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Published by University of Michigan Press in Ann Arbor .
Written in English.

About the Edition

xvi, 683 p. : maps ; 24 cm.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements … vii
Note on Transliteration and Names … ix
Contents … xi
1. THE BALKANS IN THE LATE TWELFTH CENTURY … 1
Stefan Nemanja Acquires Power in Serbia … 2
Byzantine Difficulties in the Balkans under Andronicus I … 6
Serbian Expansion and Military Activities, 1180-90 … 7
Isaac Angelus Assumes Power in Byzantium and Expels the Normans … 9
Bulgarian Uprising, 1185-88 … 10
Bosnia and Hum to ca. 1198 … 17
Croatia … 21
The Third Crusade (1189) … 23
Serbs and Bulgarians, 1190-95 … 25
Ivanko and Dobromir Chrysos … 28
Kalojan Assumes Power in Bulgaria, 1197… 29
The Byzantine Triumph over Ivanko … 30
The Byzantine Treaty with Kalojan … 31
Chrysos and Kamytzes … 32
Greece at the End of the Twelfth Century … 33
Abdication of Stefan Nemanja … 38
Rivalry between Stefan and Vukan in Serbia … 41
Alliances and Church Policy Involving Zeta and Bosnia … 43
The Bosnian Church Council of 1203 … 47
Vukan Seizes Raška … 47
Raška and Zeta, 1206/07 to ca. 1216 … 49
The Region of Albania in the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries … 51
Hum at the End of the Twelfth and the Beginning of the Thirteenth Centuries … 52
Kalojan on the Eve of the Fourth Crusade … 54
Notes … 56
2. THE FOURTH CRUSADE AND ITS AFTERMATH … 60
Background for the Fourth Crusade … 60
The Conquest of Constantinople by the Crusaders … 62
Boniface’s Conquests and his Vassals … 64
The Greek State of Epirus … 65
Villehardouin in the Morea … 69
Latin Religious Policy in the Conquered Greek Lands … 76
Baldwin and Kalojan in Thrace … 80
Kalojan’s Activities after April 1205 … 83
The Kingdom of Thessaloniki after Boniface’s Death … 87
Nicea Proclaims Imperial Status … 90
Boril in Bulgaria and Balkan Affairs, 1207-13 … 91
Boril’s 1213 Alliance with the Latins and the Conclusion of his Reign … 100
The 1214 War, the End of Strez, and the Division of his Lands … 103
John Asen Overthrows Boril … 106
Serbia in the Second Decade of the Thirteenth Century … 106
Notes … 109
3. THE FIRST HALF OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY … 112
Theodore of Epirus’ First Decade, 1215-24 … 112
Quarrel between the Churches of Epirus and Nicea … 114
Creation of an Autocephalous Serbian Church, 1219 … 116
Theodore Acquires Thessaloniki and Coronation … 119
Theodore's Ambitions and Actions, 1225-30 … 122
The Battle of Klokotnica (1230) and its Results for Bulgaria … 124
Thessaloniki-Epirus after Klokotnica … 126
Bulgarian-Hungarian Relations … 128
Bulgarian-Nicean Relations … 129
Greek Affairs, 1237-42 … 133
Serbia under Radoslav and Vladislav … 135
Zeta in the Second Quarter of the Thirteenth Century … 137
Hum in the Second Quarter of the Thirteenth Century … 142
Bosnia in the Second Quarter of the Thirteenth Century … 143
Croatia in the Second Quarter of the Thirteenth Century … 149
Notes … 153
4. THE SECOND HALF OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY … 154
Bulgaria upon John Asen II’s Death … 154
Nicea and Epirus, 1246-61 … 156
The Nicean Recovery of Constantinople … 165
The Struggle between Franks and Byzantines for the Morea … 165
The Struggle for Northern Greece … 168
Charles of Anjou Enters into Greek Affairs … 170
Bulgaria between Byzantium, Hungary, and the Tatars, 1256-77 … 170
Byzantium’s Efforts to Defend itself against Charles of Anjou … 184
Civil War in Bulgaria, 1278-84 … 195
Serbia under King Uroš, 1243-76 … 199
Hungary and Croatia … 204
Notes … 214
5. THE BALKANS IN THE EARLY FOURTEENTH CENTURY … 217
Serbia at the End of the Thirteenth Century … 217
Bulgaria at the End of the Thirteenth Century … 224
Byzantium and Greece in the Early Fourteenth Century … 230
The Byzantine Civil War between Andronicus II and Andronicus III … 250
Thessaly and Epirus under Andronicus III … 252
Serbia in the Early Fourteenth Century … 255
Serbia Loses its Part of Hum … 266
Vidin in the First Quarter of the Fourteenth Century … 268
Bulgaria in the 1320s … 269
Serbia, Bulgaria, and Byzantium, 1324-32 … 270
Bosnia from the 1280s to the 1320s … 275
Notes … 285
6. THE BALKANS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY … 286
Dušan and Byzantium to 1334 … 286
Dušan and Hungary … 288
Dušan, the Empire, and Albania … 289
Dušan in 1340 … 290
Turkish Activities in the Balkans … 291
The Byzantine Civil War between Cantacuzenus and the Constantinopolitan Regency … 292
The Serbs Are Drawn into the Byzantine Civil War … 296
Despot John Oliver … 298
Serbian Participation in the Byzantine Civil War … 300
Cantacuzenus’ Triumph … 307
Dušan’s Coronation (April 1346) … 309
Administration of Dušan’s State … 310
Dušan’s Law Code … 314
Serbia’s Peasants … 317
Dušan Conquers Thessaly and Epirus … 320
The Condition of the Byzantine Empire in the Middle of the Fourteenth Century … 321
Dušan, Byzantium, and Bosnia in 1350 … 322
Civil War Again in Byzantium … 325
Manuel Cantacuzenus in the Morea … 327
Greek Landholding, Peasants, and Lords … 329
Dušan’s Last Years and Death … 334
Hungary and Venice Struggle for Dalmatia … 337
Notes … 343
7. THE BALKANS FROM DUSAN'S DEATH (1355) TO THE EVE OF KOSOVO (1389) … 345
Initial Territorial Losses for the Serbian Empire after Dušan’s Death … 345
Thessaly and Epirus … 346
Dušan’s Albanian Lands … 357
The Lands that Remained Loyal to Uroš … 358
Bulgaria … 366
Bosnia: The Early Years of Tvrtko's Reign … 368
The Albanian Lands in the 1360s … 370
Civil War among the Serbs … 373
The Turkish Threat and Uglješa’s Response to It … 377
The Battle of Marica and its Aftermath … 379
Activities of the Independent Serbian Nobles … 382
The End of Nicholas Altomanović … 384
Lazar’s Principality … 387
The Balšići in the 1370s and 1380s … 389
Tvrtko of Bosnia from the 1370s to 1391 … 392
Hungarian Civil War … 395
Attica, Boeotia, and the Peloponnesus … 398
Notes … 404
8. THE BALKANS IN THE LATE FOURTEENTH CENTURY … 406
The Turks and the Balkans after the Battle of Marica … 406
Kosovo … 408
Albania and Zeta … 414
The Ottoman Conquest of Bulgaria … 422
The Battles of Rovine and Nikopolis and their Results … 424
Serbian Affairs … 425
Affairs in Greece … 427
Religion and Culture … 435
The Jews in the Balkans … 446
Notes … 451
9. THE BALKANS IN THE EARLY FIFTEENTH CENTURY … 453
Bosnia after the Death of Tvrtko … 453
Religion and Culture inside Bosnia … 481
Dalmatia … 488
Croatia … 495
The Battle of Ankara … 499
Serbia after Ankara … 500
The Ottoman Civil War … 503
Stefan Lazarević and Hungary … 509
Albania and Zeta after Ankara … 510
Stefan Lazarević’s Last Years in Serbia … 522
George Branković’s Succession … 526
Zeta and Albania, 1427-30 … 528
Serbia in the 1430s … 529
Zeta in the Late 1430s and Early 1440s … 531
Albania in the 1430s … 535
Byzantium and the Turks after Mehemmed I’s Death (1421) … 536
The Morea and Non-Turkish Greece … 538
Notes … 546
10. THE BALKANS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY … 548
The Crusade of Varna 1443-44 … 548
Hungary and Croatia after Varna … 551
Serbia after Varna … 554
Skanderbeg’s Revolt in Albania … 556
George Branković and Zeta … 558
Affairs in Greece from 1443 … 561
The Fall of Serbia … 568
Bosnia from 1443 … 577
Croatia after 1463 … 590
Albania and Zeta after 1455 … 595
Explanation for the Ottoman Success … 604
Notes … 611
APPENDIX: MEDIEVAL RULERS … 613
Byzantine Emperors from 1143 to 1453 … 613
Latin Emperors of Constantinople … 614
Rulers of Epirus … 614
Rulers of the Morea … 614
Greek Despots of the Morea … 615
Latin Rulers of Athens and Thebes … 615
Bulgarian Tsars … 616
Rulers of Serbia … 617
Rulers of Zeta … 617
Rulers of Bosnia … 618
The Kosača Rulers of Hum/Hercegovina … 618
Kings of Hungary … 618
Ottoman Sultans … 619
Glossary of Terms … 621
Sources and Authors of Sources Referred to in the Text … 629
Selected Bibliography … 633
Index … 645

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 633-643.
Maps on lining papers.
Includes index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
949.6
Library of Congress
DR39 .F57 1987

The Physical Object

Pagination
xvi, 683 p.
Number of pages
683
Dimensions
24 cm

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2722576M
Internet Archive
latemedievalbalk00fine
ISBN 10
0472100793
ISBN 13
9780472100798
LC Control Number
86016120
OCLC/WorldCat
13860868, 59242072, 185801724, 165851866
Goodreads
2159193
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