The Serbian hajduks (Serbian: хајдуци, hajduci) were brigands and guerrilla fighters (rebels) throughout Ottoman-held Balkans, organized into bands headed by a harambaša ("bandit leader"), who descended from the mountains and forests and robbed and attacked the Ottomans. They were often aided by foreign powers, the Republic of Venice and Habsburg Monarchy, during greater conflicts.
The hajduks are seen as part of the Serbian national identity. In stories, the hajduks were heroes; they had played the role of the Serbian elite during Ottoman rule; they had defended the Serbs against Ottoman oppression, and prepared for the national liberation and contributed to it in the Serbian Revolution. The Chetniks saw themselves as hajduks, freedom fighters.
- 1 16th century
- 2 18th century
- 3 Great Eastern Crisis
- 4 Serbian Revolution
- 5 List of notable hajduks
- 6 Literature
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
Starina Novak (~1530–1601), a military commander in Wallachian service, is said to have been the oldest hajduk.
On 26 November 1716, Austrian general Nastić with 400 soldiers and c. 500 hajduks attacked Trebinje, but did not take it over. A combined Austro-Venetian-Hajduk force of 7,000 stood before the Trebinje walls, defended by 1,000 Ottomans. The Ottomans were busy near Belgrade and with hajduk attacks towards Mostar, and were thus unable to reinforce Trebinje. The conquest of Trebinje and Popovo field were given up to fight in Montenegro. The Venetians took over Hutovo and Popovo, where they immediately recruited militarly from the population.
Kingdom of Serbia (1718–39)
The Serbs established a Hajduk army that supported the Austrians. The army was divided into 18 companies, in four groups. In this period, the most notable obor-kapetans were Vuk Isaković from Crna Bara, Mlatišuma from Kragujevac and Kosta Dimitrijević from Paraćin.
The most notable obor-kapetans were Vuk Isaković from Crna Bara, Mlatišuma and Kosta Dimitrijević from Paraćin. Apart from the obor-kapetans, other notable commanders were kapetans Keza Radivojević from Grocka and Sima Vitković from Valjevo. In Kragujevac, there were two companies of 500 soldiers each. He conquered Kruševac with his militia, and carried much cattle. Colonel Lentulus ordered that part of the cattle be returned to the population, the second part was sent to Sekendorf, the third held by the colonel to the need of his army.
Great Eastern Crisis
During the Great Eastern Crisis (1875–78), set off by a Serb uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1875 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Herzegovina Uprising), Prince Peter adopted the nom de guerre of hajduk Petar Mrkonjić of Ragusa, and joined the Bosnian Serb insurgents as a leader of a guerilla unit.
List of notable hajduks
Early modern period
- Starina Novak (~1530–1601), commander in Wallachian service
- Sava Temišvarac (fl. 1596)
- Deli Marko Segedinac (fl. 1596),
- Deli Petar Rac (fl. 1596)
- Djordje Rac (fl. 1596)
- Djordje Slankamenac (fl. 1596)
- Živko Crni
- Grdan (fl. 1596–1612)
- Teodor of Vršac, Sava Ban and Velja Mironić (fl. 1594), raised the Uprising in Banat
- Bajo Pivljanin (fl. 1669 – died 1685), commander in Venetian service during the Cretan War
- Jovan Monasterlija (fl. 1689–1706), commander in Austrian service
- Arnold Paole (d. 1726), militiaman in Austrian service, noted as alleged vampire
- Vuk Isakovič (fl. 1696–1759), commander in Austrian service
- Nikac Tomanović (fl. 1695–1755), commander in Montenegro
- Koča Anđelković (1755–1789), commander in Austrian service, led the Koča's frontier rebellion
- Stanko Arambašić (1760–1798), commander of Serb officers in Ottoman service
- Lazar Dobrić (fl. 1790),
- Karađorđe (1768–1817), leader of the First Serbian Uprising and founder of modern Serbia
- Stanoje Glavaš (1763–1815), vojvoda in the First Serbian Uprising
- Stojan Čupić, vojvoda in the First Serbian Uprising
- Đorđe Ćurčija (d. 1804), vojvoda in the First Serbian Uprising
- Hajduk Veljko (c. 1780–1813), vojvoda in the First Serbian Uprising
- Stojan Abraš
- Pavle Irić
- Jovan Mićić
- Petronije Šišo
Rebels in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Jovan Šibalija (fl. 1804–15), rebel leader in Drobnjaci, participated in the First Serbian Uprising
- Šujo Karadžić (fl. 1804–15), rebel leader in Drobnjaci, participated in the First Serbian Uprising
- Joko Kusovac (d. 1863), priest, serdar and rebel leader
- Petar Popović–Pecija (1826–1875), led the Doljani Revolt (1858) and Bosanska Krajina Uprising (1875–78)
- Luka Vukalović (1823–1873), led the Herzegovina Uprising (1852–62)
- Mićo Ljubibratić (1839–1889), participated in the Herzegovina Uprising (1852–62)
- Pero Tunguz (fl. 1875),
- Lazo Škundrić (fl. 1875),
- Petko Kovačević (fl. 1875),
- Prodan Rupar (1815–1877), leader in the Herzegovina Uprising (1875–77)
- Draga Mastilović (d. 1877), rebel leader
- Golub Babić (1824–1910), rebel leader in Western Bosnia.
- Stojan Kovačević (1821–1911),
Rebels in Old Serbia and Macedonia
- Velika Begovica
- Spiro Crne
- Micko Krstić
- Gligor Sokolović (1872–1910), in Ottoman Macedonia
Hajduks in epic poetry
In Serbian epic poetry, the hajduks are cherished as heroes, freedom fighters against the Ottoman rule. There is a whole cyclus regarding the hajduks and uskoks. Among the most notable hajduks in the epics were Starina Novak, Mali Radojica, Stari Vujadin, Predrag and Nenad, Novak, Grujica, etc.
Hajduks are the theme of many novels, such as B. Nušić's Hajduci (1955), Miljanov et al. Srpski hajduci (1996), etc.
- Jovan Nenad, military commander in Hungarian service who revolted and declared his own state
- Radoslav Čelnik, Jovan Nenad's subcommander, likewise declared Syrmia his own state
- Jovo Stanisavljević Čaruga (1897–1925), Slavonian outlaw
- Edited by Norman M. Naimarkand Holly Case; Norman M. Naimark (2003). Yugoslavia and Its Historians: Understanding the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Stanford University Press. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-0-8047-8029-2.
- That was Yugoslavia. Ost-Dienst. 1991. p. 15.
- Mihić 1975, p. 196.
- Душан Ј Поповић (1950). Србија и Београд од Пожаревачког до Београдског мира, 1718-1739. pp. 42–43.
- Radovan M. Drašković (1987). Valjevo u prošlosti: prilozi za zavičajnu istoriju. "Milić Rakić". p. 22.
Хајдучка војска била је подељена на 18 компанија, које су се распореЬивале у 4 групе.
- Поповић 1950, p. 42.
- Поповић 1950, p. 43.
- Istorijski muzej Srbije 1984, p. 35.
- Franjo Jež (1931). Zbornik Jugoslavije: njenih banovina, gradova, srezova i opština. Matica živih i mrtvih s.h.s. p. 43.
опевани приморски ју- нак Петар (или Перо) Мркоњић
- Коцић, М. (2013). Венеција и хајдуци у доба Морејског рата.
- Милошевић, М. (1988). Хајдуци у Боки Которској 1648–1718. Титоград, ЦАНУ.
- Стојановић, М., & Samardžić, R. (1984). Хајдуци и клефти у народном песништву. Српска академија наука и уметности, Балканолошки институт.
- Popović, D. J. (1930). O hajducima (Vol. 1). Narodna štampanja.
- Žanić, I. (1998). Prevarena povijest: guslarska estrada, kult hajduka i rat u Hrvatskoj i Bosni i Hercegovini, 1990-1995. godine. Durieux.
- Bracewell, W. (2005). 'Hajduci kao heroji u balkanskoj politici i kulturi'(trans. of" The Proud Name of Hajduk").
- Suvajdžić, Boško (2003). "Hajduci i uskoci u narodnoj poeziji: Istorijske pretpostavke za nastanak i razvoj hajdučkog pokreta". Janus; Rastko.
- Suvajdžić, Boško (1953). Српска хајдучка епика у јужнословенском контексту.