Timočka Krajina

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Map of Timočka Krajina, in central Serbia.

Timočka krajina (Romanian: Valea Timocului, Serbian Cyrillic: Тимочка крајина, "Timok Krajina") is a geographical region in east-central Serbia around the Timok River. Its name means "Timok Frontier". Timočka krajina corresponds to parts of two Serbian districts (Bor and Zaječar), with a total 2002 census population of 284,112.


The toponym is derived from the hydronym Timok and krajina ("frontier, march"), named such due to its location and history as a borderland. It was introduced in the Interwar period as denoting the Timok confluence with the Negotinska Krajina and Ključ.[1] The term has no historical or geographical basis.[1] In Romanian, the term "Timoc Valley" (Valea Timocului) is used for the area inhabited by the Romanian-speaking Vlachs.[2] The region was sometimes known as Podunavia in Medieval times.[3]


Timočka Krajina roughly corresponds to the Bor and Zaječar districts of Serbia. It includes seven municipalities and one city:

The largest city in the region is Zaječar, and therefore functions as its cultural, urban, and economic centre. It consists of four municipalities: Stari grad (old parts of the city: Vlačić, Kraljevica, Karađorđev venac, Šljivarsko brdo, Lubničko brdo, Oskoruša, Pazaršte, Zvezdan, Podliv, Veliki izvor), Kotlujevac (Ključ 1,2,3,4, Živinarnik, Selište, Vlaško brdo, Beli breg), Grljan (south suburban parts and Višnjar) and Salaš (north suburban parts). The largest municipality is Koltlujevac, with a population of over 25,000.


Early Bronze Age pottery of the Kostolac-Kocofeni culture has been found throughout the region.[4] During the Roman era, the area was administratively part of the Dacia Ripensis. During emperor Justinian's reign there were numerous fortifications in the area. Notable Roman sites include Timacum Minus, Trajan's Bridge, Diana Fortress, and others. The Bulgarian ruler Ivan Stracimir (Vidin principate) and voevod Mircea cel Batran controlled the territory of Podunavia until the Ottoman conquest in the XIVth century[5] Several settlements in the region received Habsburg Monarchy frontier status after the Treaty of Passarowitz (1718); the area became a frontier towards the Ottoman Empire.[6]

A peasant uprising took place in 1883 in Timok, in Eastern Serbia, known as the Timok Rebellion ( Timocka buna in Serbian). The peasant movement of 1883 resulted from economic, political and social factors.

Between 1918 and 1922, two districts of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes existed in the area - Krajina District, with seat in Negotin, and Timok District with seat in Zaječar. In 1922, these two districts were merged into the newly formed Timok Oblast with seat in Zaječar. Timok Oblast existed until 1929 when it was included into the newly formed Morava Banovina with seat in Niš. At present there are two districts in the area: Bor District with seat in Bor; and Zaječar District with seat in Zaječar.


Ethnic groups[edit]

The Vlach community in eastern Serbia.

The region is inhabited by a majority of Serbs and minority of Vlachs. Based on the 2002 census and results in the Bor and Zaječar Districts (which together had 284,112 inhabitants), there were 85,58% Serbs, 8,31% Vlachs and 0,96% Romani. The Serb community traditionally speak the Kosovo–Resava dialect in the north and the Prizren-Timok dialect in the south, however, Standard Serbian is used in formal communication. The Vlachs speak the Vlach language, which awaits standardization, which in this region is a form of the Oltenian subdialect.[7] Both Serbs and Vlachs are Eastern Orthodox by denomination. There is currently controversy regarding the ethnic identification of the Vlach community.


The region is rich in copper and gold mines, especially in the Bor and Majdanpek areas.



  1. ^ a b Živković 2014, p. 409.
  2. ^ Cristea Sandu Timoc (1988). Povești populare românești. Editura Minerva. pp. 19–. GGKEY:AYQZJLRSB9S.
  3. ^ Coman Marian, Putere și teritoriu. Țara Românească medievală (secolele XIV-XVI) Capitolul: Frontiera sârbească a Țării Românești în vremea lui Mircea cel Bătrân. Ed. Polirom, 2016
  4. ^ Dragoslav Srejovic. "Kulture bakarnog i ranog bronzanog doba na tlu Srbije". Projekat Rastko.
  5. ^ Coman Marian, Putere și teritoriu. Țara Românească medievală (secolele XIV-XVI) Capitolul: Frontiera sârbească a Țării Românești în vremea lui Mircea cel Bătrân. Ed. Polirom, 2016
  6. ^ Charles W. Ingrao; Nikola Samardžić; Jovan Pesalj (2011). The Peace of Passarowitz, 1718. Purdue University Press. pp. 200–. ISBN 978-1-55753-594-8.
  7. ^ "Romanii din Valea Timocului, recunoscuti drept minoritate nationala". 16 August 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-10-19.


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Coordinates: 44°00′N 22°10′E / 44.000°N 22.167°E / 44.000; 22.167