Treaty of Karlowitz

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Peace of Karlowitz
Negociation of the peace of karlowitz.jpg
Negotiation of the Peace of Karlowitz (note the way the Ottoman ambassadors sit with their legs crossed)
Context Austro-Ottoman War of 1683–1697
Drafted from 16 November 1698
Signed 26 January 1699 (1699-01-26)
Location Karlowitz, Military Frontier, Habsburg Empire (now Sremski Karlovci, Serbia)
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The Treaty of Karlowitz was signed on 26 January 1699 in Sremski Karlovci, in modern-day Serbia, concluding the Austro-Ottoman War of 1683–97 in which the Ottoman side had been defeated at the Battle of Zenta. It marks the end of Ottoman control in much of Central Europe and the beginning of the empire's phase of decline, with their first major territorial losses after centuries of expansion, and established the Habsburg Monarchy as the dominant power in central and southeast Europe.[1]

Context and terms[edit]

Following a two-month congress between the Ottoman Empire on one side and the Holy League of 1684, a coalition of the Holy Roman Empire, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Republic of Venice and Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia,[2] a treaty was signed on 26 January 1699.

On the basis of uti possidetis, the treaty confirmed the then-current territorial holdings of each power.[1] The Habsburgs received from the Ottomans the Eğri Eyalet, Varat Eyalet, much of the Budin Eyalet, the northern part of the Temeşvar Eyalet and parts of the Bosnia Eyalet. This corresponded to much of Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slavonia. The Principality of Transylvania remained nominally independent but was subject to the direct rule of Austrian governors.[1] Poland recovered Podolia, including the dismantled fortress at Kamaniçe.[1] Venice obtained most of Dalmatia along with the Morea (the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece), though the Morea was restored to the Turks within 20 years by the Treaty of Passarowitz.[1] There was no agreement about the Holy Sepulchre, although it was discussed in Karlowitz.[3]

The Ottomans retained Belgrade, the Banat of Temesvár (modern Timișoara), Wallachia and Moldavia. Negotiations with Muscovy for a further year under a truce agreed at Karlowitz culminated in the Treaty of Constantinople of 1700, whereby the Sultan ceded the Azov region to Peter the Great.[1]

Commissions were set up to devise the new borders between the Austrians and the Turks, with some parts disputed until 1703.[1] Largely through the efforts of the Habsburg commissioner Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, the Croatian and Bihać borders were agreed by mid-1700 and that at Temesvár by early 1701, leading to a border demarcated by physical landmarks for the first time.[1]

The acquisition of some 60,000 square miles (160,000 km2) of Hungarian territories at Karlowitz and of the Banat of Temesvár 18 years later, at Passarowitz, led the Austrian Empire of the Habsburgs to its largest extent, cementing Austria as a dominant regional power.[1]

Maps and images[edit]

A map of the northern Balkans in the late 1560s, showing subdivisions of Ottoman territory
Political situation in 1568–71, before the treaty. All territories shown are Ottoman eyalets or vassals
Another map of the northern Balkans, now in 1699 after the treaty. The same area is now mainly possessed by the Habsburg Empire.
Political situation in 1699, after the treaty:
      Habsburg Empire
      Ottoman Empire 
A third map, showing a larger area of the northern Balkans in 1683, before the treaty. The northwestern portion is shown as belonging to the Habsburgs, the bulk of the Balkans under the Ottomans, with the far northeastern area being Polish.
Central Europe in 1683, before the treaty:
      Habsburg Empire
      Ottoman Empire 
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1686, before the treaty 
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1699, after the treaty. Note the Ottoman loss of territory at the bottom of the map. 
Kapela mira (Peace Chapel), where the Treaty of Karlowitz was negotiated 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gábor Ágoston (2010). "Treaty of Karlowitz". Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. Infobase Publishing. pp. 309–10. ISBN 978-0816-06259-1. 
  2. ^ Robert Bideleux, Ian Jeffries, A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change, Routledge, New York, 1998, p. 86. ISBN 0-415-16111-8
  3. ^ János Nepomuk Jozsef Mailáth (gróf) (1848). Geschichte der europäischen Staaten (Geschichte des östreichischen Kaiserstaates, Band 4) [History of the European States (History of the Austrian Empire, volume 4)]. Hamburg: F. Perthes. pp. 262–63. 

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