Kingdom of Serbia (1718–39)

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Kingdom of Serbia
Königreich Serbien
Crownland of the Habsburg Monarchy




Kingdom of Serbia (1718–39)
Capital Belgrade
Languages Serbian, German
Religion Roman Catholic,
Serbian Orthodox
Government Crownland
 -  1718–1720 Johann O'Dwyer
 -  1738–1739 George de Wallis
Historical era Early modern period
 -  Treaty of Passarowitz 21 July 1718
 -  Austro-Turkish War 1737–39
 -  Treaty of Belgrade 18 September 1739
Currency Kreuzer

The Kingdom of Serbia (Serbian: Краљевина Србија, Kraljevina Srbija; German: Königreich Serbien; Latin: Regnum Serviae) was a province (crownland) of the Habsburg monarchy from 1718 to 1739. It was formed from the territories to the south of the rivers Sava and Danube, corresponding to the paşalık of Belgrade, conquered by the Habsburg armies from the Ottoman Empire in 1718. It was abolished and returned to the Ottoman Empire in 1739.

Although Habsburg rule was more oppressive than Ottoman and exploited the local Serb majority, the latter did benefit from self-government, including an autonomous militia, and economic integration with the Habsburg monarchy—reforms that contributed to the growth of the Serb middle class and were continued by the Ottomans “in the interest of law and order”.[1][2] Serbia's population increased rapidly from 270,000 to 400,000, but the decline of Habsburg power in the region provoked the second Great Serb Migration (1737–39).


In the 17th century, entire territory of present-day Serbia was under Ottoman administration. In 1688–89, during the Great Turkish War, the Habsburg troops temporarily took control over most of present-day Serbia, but were subsequently forced into retreat. The Treaty of Karlowitz of 1699 recognized Ottoman authority over most of present-day Serbia, while the region of Bačka and the western part of Syrmia were assigned to the Habsburgs.

After the gains of 1718, the Habsburgs sought to integrate Serbia into their empire. The land was officially named the "Kingdom of Serbia", because it was neither a part of the Holy Roman Empire nor the Kingdom of Hungary. The actual administration of the province was in the hands of an appointed governor. Not all the Serb-inhabited territory conquered by the Habsburgs in 1718 was included into Kingdom of Serbia. A large eastern province was administratively separate as the Banat of Temeswar.

In 1720, the Habsburg authorities declared Belgrade a German and Roman Catholic city. All non-German and non-Catholic inhabitants had to live outside the city walls.[1]

After a new Austro-Turkish War (1737–39), the Habsburg monarchy lost all territories south of the rivers Sava and Danube, including whole territory of the Kingdom of Serbia. (It retained, however, the Banat of Temeswar.)

Governors of Serbia[edit]


Although the Habsburg administration over this part of present-day Serbia was short-lived, the consciousness about separate political entity was left behind by the Habsburgs, thus local inhabitants never again fully accepted Ottoman administration, which lead to Koča's frontier rebellion in 1788 and to the First Serbian Uprising in 1804, which ended direct Ottoman rule over this part of present-day Serbia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Robert W. Zens, "In the Name of the Sultan: Haci Mustafa Pasha of Belgrade and Ottoman Provincial Rule in the Late 18th Century", International Journal of Middle East Studies 44, 1 (2012): 129–46.
  2. ^ Dennis P. Hupchick, The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism, 213.


  • Istorijski atlas, Zavod za udžbenike i nastavna sredstva - Zavod za kartografiju "Geokarta", Beograd, 1999.
  • Školski istorijski atlas, Zavod za izdavanje udžbenika Socijalističke Republike Srbije, Beograd, 1970.
  • Denis Šehić - Demir Šehić, Istorijski atlas Sveta, Beograd, 2007.
  • The Times History of Europe, Times Books, London, 2002.
  • Olga Zirojević, Srbija pod turskom vlašću 1459-1804, Beograd, 2007.
  • Vladimir Ćorović, Ilustrovana istorija Srba, knjiga četvrta, Beograd, 2006.
  • Dušan J. Popović, Beograd pre 200 godina, Beograd, 1935. (republished as "Beograd u XVIII veku, od 1717. do 1739.", Beograd, 2011.)

Further reading[edit]

  • Theodore von Stefanović-Volovsky. Belgrad unter der Regierung Kaiser Karls VI, 1717–1739. Vienna: A. Holzhausen, 1908.

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