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Baranya (Hungarian: "Baranya", Croatian: "Baranja", Serbian: "Baranja" (Барања), German: "Branau") is a geographical region between the
Danubeand the Dravarivers. Its territory is mostly divided between Hungaryand Croatia, with a small uninhabited pocket of land on the right bank of Danube which belonged to Serbiabut which is now under Croatian control as of 1997 ("see disputes of Croatia and Serbia"). In Hungary, the region is included into Baranya county, while in Croatia, it is included into Osijek-Baranja county.
The name of the region come from the Slavic word 'bara', which means 'swamp', thus the name of Baranya means 'a swamp land'. Even today large parts of the region are swamps, such as the natural reservation
Kopački Ritin its southeast. Another theory states that the name of the region come from the Hungarian word 'bárány', which means 'lamb'.
During the history, the region of Baranya was part of the
Roman Empire, the Hunnic Empire, the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths, the Kingdom of the Lombards, the Avar Kingdom, the Frankish Empire, the Balaton Principality, the Bulgarian Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Austrian Empireand the Austria-Hungary. Since 1918/1921, the region was divided between Hungaryand the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes(later known as Yugoslavia).
The region of Baranya was settled by the
Slavsin the 6th century, and in the 9th century, it was part of the Slavic Balaton Principality. Hungariansarrived to the area in the 9th century, and Baranya county arose as one of the first comitatus of the Kingdom of Hungary, in the 11th century.
In the 16th century, the
Ottoman Empireconquered Baranya, and included it into the sanjakof Mohács, an Ottoman administrative unit, with the seat in the city of Mohács.
In the end of the 17th century, Baranya was captured by
Habsburg Monarchy, and was included into Habsburg Kingdom of Hungary.
In 1848, the proclaimed borders of
Serbian Vojvodinaincluded Baranya, but the Serbian troops did not manage to take control of the region.
In 1918, the entire Baranya region was captured by Serbian troops and was administered by the newly created
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
Treaty of Trianon(part of the Versailles peace) in 1920, the Baranya region was formally divided between Hungaryand the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, but de facto remained under the administration of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the later Yugoslavia) until 1921.
August 14, 1921, the Serb-Hungarian Baranya-Baja Republicwas proclaimed. It included Baranya and northern part of Bačkaregion, and was led by the President of the Executive Committee (14 August 1921 - 25 August 1921 Petar Dobrović, born 1890 - died 1942). On August 21-25, 1921, the territory of the Republic was divided between Hungary (represented by Hungarian Commissioner Károly Soós Bádoki) and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, as was previously decided by the Treaty of Trianon(June 4, 1920, one of the Versailles peace treaties after World War I, concerning former lands of the Habsburg Kingdom of Hungary).
The northern part of Baranya in Hungary was included into Baranya county. The southern part of the region was part of Bačka county between 1918 and 1922, part of Bačka oblast between 1922 and 1929, and in 1929 it was included into the
Danube Banovina, a province of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1941, the Yugoslav Baranya was occupied by Hungary, but it was returned to Yugoslaviain 1944.
Since 1945, Yugoslav Baranya was part of the Socialist Republic of
Croatia. In 1991 it came under control of the SAO Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem. Between 1991 and 1995, the region was under control of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, between 1995 and 1997 was part of Srem-Baranja Oblastunder the administration of the United Nations, while in 1997 it was returned into Croatia. Today, it is part of that republic's Osijek-Baranja county.
Some of the important cities and towns in the Hungarian Baranya (with population figures from 2001 census):
Municipalities in Croatian Baranja (with population figures from 2001 census): [http://www.dzs.hr/Hrv/censuses/Census2001/Popis/H01_02_02/H01_02_02_zup14.html]
The main settlement in the Croatian Baranja is
Beli Manastirwith a population of 8,671 (2001 census). Most of the municipalities in Croatian Baranja has a Croat ethnic majority. The municipality of Jagodnjakhas a Serb ethnic majority and the municipality of Kneževi Vinogradihas a Hungarian relative majority.
In 1711–1713, in the southern (Croatian) Baranja, ethnic composition was: [Dr. Tomislav Bogavac, Nestajanje Srba, Niš, 1994.]
Croats( Šokci) (22%) (*)
(*) Total percent of
South Slavs(Serbs and Croats/Šokci) in the area was 61%.
In 1721–1723, in the southern (Croatian) Baranja, ethnic composition was: [Dr. Tomislav Bogavac, Nestajanje Srba, Niš, 1994.]
(*) Total percent of
South Slavs(Croats and Serbs) in the area was 54%.
In 1855, according to a religious population census in modern-day Croatian Baranja, there were 38,295 inhabitants in Baranja:
* 660 Reformists (1.72%)
According to Revai Lexicon (Volume II, p. 587) 1900, in the district of
Branjin Vrh(southern Baranja, Croatian Baranja) there were 47,470 inhabitants. They include: [http://www.hic.hr/books/seeurope/008e-srsan.htm#top]
Hungarians= 17,325 (36.50%)
Germans= 12,324 (25.96%)
Croats= 11,198 (23.59%) (*)
Serbs= 5,873 (12.37%) (*)
*Others = 750 (1.58%)
(*) Total number of
South Slavs(Croats and Serbs) in the area was 17,071 (35.96%).
According to the census of 1910, the whole Baranya region (Baranya county) had 352,478 inhabitants. Population by language (1910 census): [http://www.talmamedia.com/php/district/district.php?county=Baranya]
*Hungarian = 199,659 (56.64%)
*German = 112,297 (31.86%)
*Serbian = 13,048 (3.70%)
*Croatian = 10,159 (2.88%)
In 1910, the population of southern (present-day Croatian) part of Baranja numbered 50,797 people, of whom: [http://www.hungarian-history.hu/lib/romsics/w25.htm]
* 20,134 (39.64%) spoke
* 13,908 (27.38%) spoke
* 7,913 (15.58%) spoke Serbian and
* some 7,400 (14.57%) spoke
(*) Total number of speakers of
South Slavic languages(Serbian, Croatian, and Šokac) in Croatian Baranja was 15,313 (30.15%).
In 1920, in Yugoslav (now Croatian) Baranja, ethnic composition was: [Dr. Tomislav Bogavac, Nestajanje Srba, Niš, 1994.]
Germans= 16,253 (32.9%)
Hungarians= 14,636 (29.6%)
Šokci, Bunjevci, and Croats= 8,822 (17.8%) (*)
Serbs= 6,782 (13.7%) (*)
(*) Total number of
South Slavs(Šokci, Bunjevci, Croats, Serbs) in the area was 15,604 (31.5%).
In 1921, there was a population of 49,694 in Yugoslav (now Croatian) Baranja, including: [http://www.hic.hr/books/seeurope/008e-srsan.htm#top]
Hungarians= 16,639 (33.5%)
Germans= 15,955 (32.1%)
Croats= 9,965 (20.0%) (*)
Serbs= 6,782 (13.6%) (*)
*Other = 363 (0.7%)
(*) Total number of
South Slavs(Croats and Serbs) in the area was 16,747 (33.7%).
According to another source, in 1921, the population of Yugoslav (now Croatian) Baranja numbered 49,452 people, of whom: [http://www.hungarian-history.hu/lib/romsics/w25.htm]
* 16,638 (33.65%) spoke
* 16,253 (32.87%) spoke
* 15,604 (31.55%) spoke
In 1931, in the Yugoslav (now Croatian) Baranja, ethnic composition was: [Dr. Tomislav Bogavac, Nestajanje Srba, Niš, 1994.]
(*) Total percent of
South Slavs(Serbs and Croats) in the area was 40.7%.
In 1944–1945, the population of the Yugoslav/Croatian Baranja numbered 34,610 people, including: [Jovan Pejin, Kolonizacija Hrvata na srpskoj zemlji u Sremu, Slavoniji i Baranji, Sremska Mitrovica, 1992.]
Hungarians= 12,666 (36.60%)
Serbs= 9,750 (28.17%) (*)
Croats( Šokci) = 7,788 (22.50%) (*)
Germans= 3,673 (10.61%)
* Roma = 760 (2.20%)
Slovenians= 249 (0.72%) (*)
Slovaks= 60 (0.17%) (*)
Slavs= 72 (0.21%) (*)
(*) Total number of
South Slavs(Serbs, Croats, Slovenians) in the area was 17,787 (51.39%), while total number of all Slavs was 17,919 (51.77%).
In 1961, the population of Yugoslav/Croatian Baranja numbered 56,087 inhabitants, including: [http://www.hic.hr/books/seeurope/008e-srsan.htm#top]
In 1991, the population of Yugoslav/Croatian Baranja had 54,265 inhabitants, including: [http://www.hic.hr/books/seeurope/008e-srsan.htm#top]
*4,453 (8.21%) others
According to another source, in 1991, the population of Yugoslav/Croatian Baranja included: [http://www.hungarianhistory.com/lib/exyugo/exyugo.doc]
* about 12,000 others (including
Slovenes, Albanians, Germans, etc).
In 1992 (during the war in Croatia), the population of Croatian Baranja (in that time administered by
Republic of Serbian Krajina) numbered 39,482 inhabitants, including: [http://www.hic.hr/books/seeurope/008e-srsan.htm#top]
* 23,485 (59.41%)
* 7,689 (19.48%)
* 6,926 (17.54%)
* 490 (1.24%)
* 919 (2.33%) others
In 2001, the population of Croatian Baranja numbered 42,633 inhabitants, including: [http://www.dzs.hr/Hrv/censuses/Census2001/Popis/H01_02_02/H01_02_02_zup14.html]
Croats= 23,693 (55.57%)
Serbs= 8,592 (20.15%)
Hungarians= 7,114 (16.69%)
In 2001, the population of Hungarian Baranya (Baranya county) numbered 407,448 inhabitants, including: [http://www.nepszamlalas.hu/eng/volumes/06/00/tabeng/4/load01_11_0.html]
Hungarians= 375,611 (92.19%)
Germans= 22,720 (5.58%)
* Roma = 10,623 (2.61%)
Croats= 7,294 (1.79%)
ources and references
* [http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Hungary.htm#German WorldStatesmen - Hungary]
Baranya (historic county)
* [http://www.baranja-turizam.com/ www.baranja-turizam.com]
* [http://www.baranja.org/ www.baranja.org]
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