- Principality of Montenegro
Infobox Former Country
native_name = Књажевина Црнa Горa
conventional_long_name = Princedom of Montenegro
common_name = Montenegro|
continent = Europe
region = Balkans
country = Montenegro
government_type = Principality|
year_start = 1852
year_end = 1910|
year_exile_end = |
event_start = Secularization
date_start = 13 March
event_end = Elevation to Kingdom¹
date_end = 28 August|
event1 = independence recognized
13 July 1878
event1 = Constitution
date_event1 = 1905|
p1 = Prince-Bishopric of Montenegro
flag_p1 = Mitropolija.jpg
s1 = Kingdom of Montenegro
flag_s1 = Flag_of_Montenegro_%281941-1944%29.svg|
flag_type = |
symbol_type = |
image_map_caption = Montenegro in 1862|
capital = Cetinje
latd= |latm= |latNS= |longd= |longm= |longEW= |
national_anthem = "To Our Beautiful Montenegro" (state)
"There, o'er There!" (national)
common_languages = Serbian
religion = Serbian Orthodoxy
leader1 = Danilo
year_leader1 = 1852-1860
leader2 = Nicholas
year_leader2 = 1860-1910
title_leader = Prince
deputy1 = Lazar Mijuskovic
deputy2 = Marko Radulovic
deputy3 = Andrija Radovic
deputy4 = Lazar Tomanovic
year_deputy1 = 1905-1906
year_deputy2 = 1906-1907
year_deputy3 = 1907
year_deputy4 = 1907-1910
title_deputy = |
legislature = All-Montenegrin and Highland Assembly|
stat_year1 = 1852
stat_area1 = 5475
stat_year2 = 1878
stat_area2 = 9475
stat_year3 = 1909
stat_pop3 = 317,856|
footnotes = ¹ celebration of 50th anniversary of the monarch's reign
The Principality or Princedom of Montenegro was a principality in
Southeastern Europe. It existed from 13 March 1852to 28 August 1910. It was then proclaimed a kingdom by Knjaz Nikola, who then became king.
The capital of the Principality was at
Cetinjeand used the Montenegrin Perperas its currency from 1906. The area of the principality roughly consisted of the central area of modern Montenegro. It was a Constitutional Monarchybut de-facto absolutist, and a nation-stateof the Montenegrins.
The Principality was formed on
13 March 1852by Knjaz Danilo I Petrović-Njegoš, when Knjaz Danilo, then known as Vladika Danilo II, decided to overthrow his ecclesiastical position of the Vladika and get married, which, after centuries of theocratic rule, turned Montenegro into a secular principality.
After the assassination of Knjaz Danilo on
13 August 1860, Knjaz Nikola, the nephew of Knjaz Danilo, became the next ruler of Montenegro.
Battle of Grahovac
Grand Duke Mirko Petrović, elder brother of
Knjaz Danilo, led a strong army of 7,500 and won a crucial battle against the Turks (army of between 7,000 to 13,000) at Grahovac on 1 May, 1858. The Turkish forces were routed. A considerable arsenal of war trophies were left in Montenegrinhands, to come in handy again in the final wars of independence in 1862 and 1875-1878.
This major victory had had even more diplomatic significance. The glory of
Montenegrinweapons was soon immortalized in the songs and literature of all the South Slavs, in particular the Serbs in Vojvodina, then part of Austria-Hungary. This Montenegrin victory forced the Great Powersto officially demarcate the borders between Montenegroand Ottoman Turkey, de facto recognizing Montenegro's centuries-long independence. Montenegrogained Grahovo, Rudine, Nikšić's Župa, more than half of Drobnjaci, Tušina, Uskoci, Lipovo, Upper Vasojevići, and part of Kučiand Dodoši.
Government and Politics
Constitution of 1855
Knjaz Danilo used the Law of
Petar I Petrović-Njegoš, as an inspiration for his own General Law of the Land from 1855 ("Zakonik Danila Prvog"). Danilo's Code was based on the Montenegrin traditions and customs and it is considered to be the first national constitution in Montenegrin history. It also stated rules, protected privacy and banned warring on the Austrian Coast ( Bay of Kotor). It also stated: "Although there is no other nationality in this land except Serb nationality and no other religion except Eastern Orthodoxy, each foreigner and each person of different faith can live here and enjoy the same freedom and the same domestic right as Montenegrin or Highlander."
Constitution of 1905
Schwartzestimated in 1882 that the Principality had 160,000 inhabitants. Although, a more usual estimate is that it was around 230,000 inhabitants.
In 1900, according to international sources, the Principality of Montenegro had 311,564 inhabitants. By religion:
* "77%" illiterate
* 71,528 ("23%") literate
The Principality had besides the Serbs, around 5,000
Albaniansand a colony of 800 Romas.
In 1907, it had been estimated that there were around 282,000 inhabitants in Montenegro.
The supermajority being Serb (
The 1909 official census was undertaken by the authorities of the Principality. Ethnicity was decided according to the
mother tongue, the official language, then being the Serbian language:
Total: 317,856 inhabitants.
Serbs: about "95%"
* others mostly
* Orthodox Christians: "94.38%"
* "others" (mostly
Muslims) The total population was overestimated for political reasons. It was at about 220,000 inhabitants.
*Knjaz Danilo I Petrović-Njegoš (
1852- 13 August 1860)
*Knjaz Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš (
13 August 1860- 28 August 1910).
* [http://www.terra.es/personal7/jqvaraderey/185915BK.gifPrincipality of Montenegro in 1859]
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