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Original scientific paper

Protestants in the service of the Petrovaradin regiment in the second half of the 18th century

Pavao Nujić ; Faculty of Education Osijek

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The area of the Croatian and Slavonian Military Border the 18th century was inhabited by a Catholic and Orthodox population from which Grenzers were recruited, while other religious groups were severely limited in that regard. Protestants were present mostly only within the officer staff of certain regiments and they came from other parts of the Monarchy or even other countries as professionals and only stayed temporarily while their service lasted. In this regard, the Petrovaradin Regiment was not an exception and the arrival of Protestant officers can be traced back to 1767 in the documents and muster rolls of the regiment. A special case was the permanent inhabitation of Protestant families in the area of the Regiment, from which ordinary Grenzers were recruited. Their presence in the service was first noted in a muster roll from 1772 and, from then, can be continuously traced to all levels of the Regiment. The Petrovaradin regiment, therefore, had a steady Protestant minority in its composition throughout the final three decades of the 18th century, which was not common for Military Border. The characteristics of this minority in the article were observed from the perspective of active regiment service, where the changes within the decades had a tendency of gradual equalization with the rest of the troops.


Military Border, Petrovaradin Regiment, Syrmia, 18th Century Protestants, Grenzers, military service

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