Baranya County (former)
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Comitatus Baranyiensis (Latin)
Baranya vármegye (Hungarian)
Komitat Baranya (German)
Baranjska županija (Croatian)
|County of the Kingdom of Hungary|
Coat of arms
|•||Battle of Mohács (1687)||1000|
|•||Treaty of Trianon||4 June 1920|
|•||1910||5,177 km2 (1,999 sq mi)|
|Density||68.1 /km2 (176.3 /sq mi)|
|Today part of||Hungary, Croatia|
Baranya (Hungarian: Baranya, Croatian: Baranja, Serbian: Барања, German: Branau) was an administrative county (comitatus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Its territory is now in southern Hungary (the present county Baranya) and northeastern Croatia (part of the Osijek-Baranja county). The capital of the county was Pécs.
Baranya county was located in Baranya region. It shared borders with the Hungarian counties Somogy, Tolna, Bács-Bodrog and Verőce (the latter county was part of Croatia-Slavonia). The county stretched along the rivers Drava (north bank) and Danube (west bank), up to their confluence. Its area was 5,176 km² around 1910.
Baranya county arose as one of the first comitatus of the Kingdom of Hungary, in the 11th century. Stephen I of Hungary founded an episcopal seat here. In the 15th century, Janus Pannonius was the Bishop of Pécs. In the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire conquered Baranya, and included it into the sanjak of Mohács, an Ottoman administrative unit, with the seat in the city of Mohács.
In 1918, the entire Baranya was captured by Serbian troops and was administered by the newly created Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, but as a Republic, see: Baranya-Baja Republic.
By the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, the territory of the county was divided between the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (renamed to Yugoslavia in 1929) and Hungary. The south-east of the county was assigned to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, while the remainder was assigned to Hungary, and today it is part of the present Hungarian county Baranya, which also include some lands in the west that were not part of the historic Baranya county (After World War II the district of Szigetvár (previously part of Somogy county) was transferred to Baranya county).
The Yugoslav part of the pre-1918 county was occupied and re-annexed by Hungary during World War II and the pre-1918 borders of Baranya county were recreated in 1941. The border between Yugoslavia and Hungary was restored after World War II and the borders of the county changed again.
Since 1991, when Croatia became independent from Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav part of pre-1918 Baranya county is part of Croatia. Between 1991 and 1995 it was under occupation of rebel Croatian Serbs, while UN administered that area (Srem-Baranja Oblast) as a transitional body. In modern times there is a Magyar and Serb minority in Croatian Baranja and a Croatian minority in Hungarian Baranya. Roma minority is present in both parts, as well as Germans (until 1945).
In 1900, the county had a population of 334,764 people and was composed of the following linguistic communities:
- Hungarian: 183,042 (54.7%)
- German: 111,051 (33.2%)
- Croatian: 15,431 (4.6%)
- Serbian: 12,856 (3.8%)
- Slovak: 482 (0.1%)
- Romanian: 47 (0.0%)
- Ruthenian: 10 (0.0%)
- Other or unknown: 11,845 (3.6%)
According to the census of 1900, the county was composed of the following religious communities:
- Roman Catholic: 253,686 (75.8%)
- Calvinist: 43,014 (12.9%)
- Lutheran: 14,252 (4.3%)
- Greek Orthodox: 13,520 (4.0%)
- Jewish: 9,260 (2.8%)
- Greek Catholic: 201 (0.0%)
- Unitarian: 105 (0.0%)
- Other or unknown: 726 (0.2%)
In 1910, the county had a population of 352,478 people and was composed of the following linguistic communities:
- Hungarian: 199,659 (56.6%)
- German: 112,297 (31.9%)
- Serbian: 13,048 (3.7%)
- Croatian: 10,159 (2,9)
- Slovak: 392 (0.1%)
- Romanian: 54 (0.0%)
- Ruthenian: 5 (0.0%)
- Other: 16,864 (4.8%)
According to the census of 1910, the county was composed of the following religious communities:
- Roman Catholic: 272,866 (77.4%)
- Calvinist: 41,201 (11.7%)
- Lutheran: 14,617 (4.2%)
- Greek Orthodox: 14,114 (4,0)
- Jewish: 8,828 (2.5%)
- Greek Catholic: 239 (0.0%)
- Unitarian: 89 (0.0%)
- Other: 524 (0.2%)
In the early 20th century, the subdivisions of Baranya county were: