• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Serbs were converted to Orthodox Christianity by the Byzantines in 891, before becoming a prosperous independent state under Stevan Nemanja (1167–96). A Serbian Patriarchate was established at Peć during the reign of Stevan Dušan (1331–55). Dušan’s attempted conquest of Constantinople failed and after he died many Serbian nobles accepted Turkish vassalage. The reduced Serbian state under Prince Lazar received the coup de grace at Kosovo on St Vitus’ Day, 1389. However, Turkish preoccupations with a Mongol invasion and wars with Hungary delayed the incorporation of Serbia into the Ottoman Empire until 1459.


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Further Reading

  1. Anzulovic, Branimir, Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide. 1999Google Scholar
  2. Cox, John, The History of Serbia. 2002Google Scholar
  3. Judah, Tim, The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. 1997Google Scholar
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  5. Judah, Tim, Kosovo: War and Revenge. 2000Google Scholar
  6. King, Iain and Mason, Whit, Peace at any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo. 2006Google Scholar
  7. Malcolm, N., Kosovo: a Short History. 2nd ed. 2002Google Scholar
  8. Vickers, M., Between Serb and Albanian: A History of Kosovo. 1998Google Scholar

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