Brsjak Revolt

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Brsjak Revolt
Part of Ottoman–Serbian Wars
Date 1880, for 6 months, ended in the winter of 1880/1881
Location Western Macedonia region, occupied by the Ottoman Empire
Result Ottoman victory
Belligerents
Serb chiefs in Western Macedonia
Secret aid by:
Principality of Serbia
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Ilija Delija, Rista Kostadinović, Micko Krstić and Anđelko Tanasović Ottoman Empire

The Brsjak Revolt (Serbian Cyrillic: Брсјачка буна, Brsjačka buna) was a six month long uprising in 1880, led by an assembly of Serb district chiefs in Western Macedonia, who sought the liberation of Macedonia from Ottoman occupation with the secret aid of the Principality of Serbia, which had been at war with the Ottoman Empire. Some of the leaders were notable hajduks, or chetniks, including Ilija Delija, Rista Kostadinović, Micko Krstić and Anđelko Tanasović, among others. The Ottoman army succeeded in suppressing the rebellion in the winter of 1880/1881, and many of the leaders were exiled.

History[edit]

An Assembly consisting of 65 of the most notable people of the districts of Kumanovo, Kriva Palanka, Kočani, Štip, Veles, Prilep, Bitola, Ohrid, Kičevo and Skopje addressed an appeal to the Serbian commander of the Macedonian volunteers in the Serbian-Ottoman Wars (1876-1878), M. S. Milojevi,[1] requesting the smuggle of arms and leading of a revolt against the Ottoman Empire.[1] The same year, the Brsjak Revolt broke out in the counties of Kičevo, Poreč, Bitola and Prilep, which would span over 6 months, but ended in failure.[1] The Brsjak Revolt, and the preceding ones in Kumanovo, Kriva Palanka and Kratovo had all a Serbian character, planned in the Serbian cause, thus, the unsuccessful outcome resulted in persecution of the Serbs in Macedonia, with an increasing Bulgarization.[1]

Serbia secretly and carefully aided the Christians in the Ottoman areas; in the Brsjak revolt, however, by the end of 1881, the aid was stopped by the intervention of the government.[2]

The Ottoman army succeeded in suppressing the rebellion in the winter of 1880/1881, and many of the leaders were exiled.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Georgevitch, T. R. (1918). Macedonia. Forgotten Books. p. 182–183. ISBN 9781440065194. 
  2. ^ Матица српска (Matica Srpska) (1992). Zbornik Matice srpske za istoriju, 45–48 (in Serbian). Novi Sad: Матица српска. p. 55. 

    Србија је тајно и врло опрезно помагала акције хришћана у Турској (Брсјачка буна), али је на интервенције владе та помоћ престала ... 1881

  3. ^ Lazar Koliševski (1962). Aspekti na makedonskoto prašanje (in Macedonian). Kultura. p. 499. 

    Сето ова движење во Западна Македонија е познато во историјата под името „Брсјачка буна". Турската војска успеа во зимата 1880 — 1881 година да ја задуши буната и многу нејзини водачи да ги испрати на заточение.

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