Uskoks


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Uskoks

 

military settlers in Croatia in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Uskoks were primarily fugitives from the Yugoslavian lands under Ottoman rule and subsisted mainly through farming their own plots. In wartime, the Uskoks received monetary awards from the ban (ruler) for rendering military service; they were also entitled to two-thirds of the spoils of war.

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The uskoks of Senj were irregular soldiers of the Habsburg Military Frontier in the sixteenth century, who lived by warfare or banditry, depending on the occasion and the perspective, and acted from their Adriatic base at the borders of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Venetian empires.
A long chapter on "Allies and Victims" is a fascinating, mosaic work of historical context, in which the uskoks are carefully fitted into the puzzle of neighboring communities, nations, and empires.
The uskoks are studied in the context of the Habsburg, Venetian, and Ottoman empires, and the economic and strategic significance of the Adriatic receives analytical priority, rendering unnecessary any reductionist geopolitical distinctions.
West's well-intentioned account suggests the extent to which the uskoks of Senj, with a name that was odd and unfamiliar to English ears, might be redeemed from the realm of Learish creatures only to be pressed into the free-floating service of naive and ahistorical romance.