New Serbia (historical province)

New Serbia, or Novoserbia[a] was a military frontier of Imperial Russia from 1752 to 1764 subordinated directly to the Senat and Military Collegium.

New Serbia
Нова Србија / Nova Srbija
Нова Сербія
Новая Сербия
Noua Serbie
territory of Russian Empire
New serbia map.png
CapitalNovomyrhorod (Novomirgorod)
• Established
• Abolished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Zaporizhian Sich
Novorossiya Governorate
Today part ofUkraine
* Kirovohrad Oblast

The founder of New Serbia was Jovan Horvat. Horvat was a leader of a group which rejected a post-riot compromise reached after the demilitarization of their section of the Military Frontier.[1] The rejected compromise envisaged transfer of those who want to remain warriors to the Banat Military Frontier while those who would remain in the region would get provincial status with preservation of religious autonomy.[1] Contrary to serfs, Eastern Orthodox Serbs enjoyed substantial levels of autonomy (in exchange for providing forces to fight against the Ottoman Empire) granted in multiple documents starting with Statuta Valachorum, but which was gradually obsolete or eliminated by the creation of centralized modern state. The Horvat's colonization idea was enthusiastically supported by Elizabeth of Russia, and it was the first centrally planned settlement of the southern steppe which led to deterioration of Russian relations with Habsburg monarchy and Ottoman Empire and crystallization of the key features of the future Eastern Question.[1]

The region was mostly located in the territory of present-day Kirovohrad Oblast of Ukraine, although some of its parts were located in the territory of present-day Cherkasy Oblast, Poltava Oblast and Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. The administrative centre of New Serbia was Novomirgorod (literally "New Mirgorod"), which is now Novomyrhorod, Ukraine.


The big territory of modern Ukraine, the Muscovite state was able to secure by signing of the Truce of Andrusovo and the 1686 Treaty of Perpetual Peace with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ignoring opinion of the local population. Until 1764–1775, the territory had an autonomous local government with limited sovereignty Cossack Hetmanate.

Peter Tekeli, a soldier on the journey from Berlin to the Caucasus. He was buried in "New Serbia."

In 1751 (or in some sources 1750) the Russian envoy in Vienna Count Mikhail Petrovich Bestuzhev-Ryumin was contacted by colonel of the Austrian military Jovan Horvat with request to allow him and other Serbs to resettle in the Imperial Russia. They were Granichary (Grenz infantry) that used to protect the Austrian buffer territory "Vojna Krajina" (Military Borderland) from the Ottoman Turks.

The region was named after Serbs, who migrated in 1752 to the Russian Empire from the Military Frontier of the Habsburg monarchy. Russian authorities gave these Serbian settlers a land, which thus acquired its name, New Serbia soon after the War of the Austrian Succession. As the Pannonian Frontier, New Serbia was also organized into military province located on the Russian-Polish border and on the land of Buhogard palanka, Zaporizhian Sich. The purpose of the polity was protection of southern borders of the Russian empire as well as participation in Russian military operations near that region. Commandant of New Serbia was Jovan Horvat who vouched for his subordinates the Austrian Grenz infantry. The largest number of settlers came from the Serbian Hussar Regiment - because of its war merits. This unit had the same task as the Cossacks from Zaporozhye - the protection of the border area.


Before the formation of New Serbia, its territory was mostly populated by Ukrainians and included 3,710 houses of settlers from the Hetmanate, Slobozhanshchina and Zaporizhia, 643 houses of native inhabitants and 195 houses of Ukrainian settlers from Poland and Moldavia. According to the memoirs of Serbian soldier and settler Aleksandar Piščević, their neighbors were Russians. When New Serbia was formed, the Russian senate ordered that all these settlers, except native inhabitants, must return to the places where they had previously lived.

After the formation of New Serbia, its initial new settlers were Serbs, but also many Moldavians and other Romanians (Mocani from Transylvania), Ukrainians, Bulgarians and others settled in the area.

Some of the original Ukrainian settlers who left the territory of New Serbia settled in the southern regions of modern-day Ukraine. In 1745, before the formation of New Serbia, its territory was populated by 9,660 inhabitants, while in 1754, the number of inhabitants was 3,989.

Because of the large number of Moldavian settlers, the largest ethnic group in the province in 1757 were not Serbs, but Moldavians.[2] In 1757, the population of New Serbia numbered 5,482 inhabitants, including:[3]


Settlements of New SerbiaEdit

In their new home, Serbs established new places, and consequently gave them same names such as the names of the places in their old home in the Pannonian Plain (in modern-day Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Hungary). Serbs also changed names of some older settlements, giving them Serbian names. Of the 41 settlements that existed in New Serbia, 26 were founded before arrival of the Serbs.

Older Ukrainian/Russian name (1.) Serbian name from the middle of the 18th century Ukrainian/Russian name from the middle of the 18th century (1.) Newer or modern Ukrainian/Russian name (1.)
Skaleva Semlac (2.) Semlik Skaleva
- Novoarhangelsk / Arhangelsk Novoarkhangelsk / Novoarkhangelysk Novoarkhanhelsk / Novoarkhangelsk
Ganivka Kalniblat / Kalnibolot Kalnibolot / Kalynibolot Kal'nibolota
- Nadlac (2.) Nadlak Nadlak
Davidivka Petrovo Ostrovo / Petro-Ostrov (2.) Petroostriv Petroostriv
Korobchino Pečka (2.) Bechka Korobchine [uk]
Trisyaga Novomirgorod / Novi Mirgorod Novomirgorod Novomyrhorod / Novomirgorod
Yermina Balka Martonoš (2.) Martonosh Martonosha
Olykhovatka Pančevo (2.) Panchevo Pancheve
Tri Bayraki Kanjiža (2.) Kanizh Kanizh
Mogilovo Senta (2.) Senta Mohyliv / Rodnykivka
- Vukovar (2.) Vukovar Bukvarka
- Feldvar / Fedvar (2.) Fedvar Pidlisne
Mala Adzhamka Subotica (2.) Subotitsa Subottsi
Nekrasivska Mošorin (2.) Moshorin Moshorine
- Cibuljev / Cibulev Tsibuliv Tsybuleve
- Dmitrovka Dmitrivka Dmytrivka [uk; ru]
Dikivka Sombor (2.) Sombor Dikivka
Protopopivka Varaždin (2.) Varazhdin Protopopivka
Usivka Bečej (2.) Becha Usivka / Oleksandriya
- Glinsk Glinsk Glinsk
Pantaziyivka Jenova Yaniv Ivanivka
- Mandorlak (2.) Mandorlak -
Kosivka Glogovac (2.) Glogovats Kosivka
Butivka Pavliš (2.) Pavlish Pavlysh
- Piljužnica Pilazhnitsa -
Onufriyivka Blagovat Blagovat Onufriyivka
- Sentomaš/Srbobran(2.) Sentomash -
- Kovin (2.) Kovin -
- Csanád (2.) Chonad -
- Slankamen (2.) Slankamin -
Nesterivka Vršac (2.) Vershats Vershatsi
Stetsivka Šoljmoš / Šolmoš (2.) Sholmosh Stetsivka
Andrusivka Čongrad (2.) Chongrad Velyka Andrusivka
- Krilov Krilov Kryliv
- Taburište / Taburino Taburishche Svitlovodsk
- Krjukov Kryukiv Kryukiv (now part of Kremenchuk)
- Kamjanka / Kamenka Kamyanka Kamyani Potoky
Plakhtiyivka Zemun (2.) Zemun Uspenka
Deriyivka Vilagoš (2.) Vilagosh Deriyivka
- Turija (2.) (3.) Turiya Turiya


  • (1.) Ukrainian and Russian names are given in Latin script transliterations.
  • (2.) These names were brought by Serbs from their old homeland in southern Pannonian Plain. Places with same names are also existing (or existed) in modern-day Serbia (Vojvodina), Croatia, Romania and Hungary.
  • (3.) The Serbian settlement of Turiya (Turija) was located in what sources are describing as a nominal Polish territory. The border between New Serbia and Poland was, however, often disputed and unstable.

Origin of settlement namesEdit

Places in New Serbia whose names can be also found in the territory of the Pannonian Plain (mostly in Vojvodina and Pomorišje) include:


In popular cultureEdit

In 2008 Babylon A.D. movie the main character Toorop (Vin Diesel) starts his way in the near future, in the post-apocalyptic 2027 in New Serbia, a territory of Russia.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ukrainian: Нова Сербія, Nova Serbiya, or Новосербія, Novoserbiya; Russian: Новая Сербия, Novaya Serbiya, or Новосербия, Novoserbiya; Serbian: Нова Србија / Nova Srbija, or Новосрбија / Novosrbija; Slavo-Serbian: Нова Сербія, Nova Serbiya, or Ново-Сербія, Novo-Serbiya; Romanian: Noua Serbie
  1. ^ a b c Dyck, Harvey L. (1981). "New Serbia and the Origins of the Eastern Question, 1751-55: A Habsburg Perspective". The Russian Review. Wiley-Blackwell. 40 (1): 1–19.
  2. ^ Olga M. Posunjko, Istorija Nove Srbije i Slavenosrbije, Novi Sad, 2002, page 36.
  3. ^ Olga M. Posunjko, Istorija Nove Srbije i Slavenosrbije, Novi Sad, 2002, page 36.


  • Mita Kostić, Nova Srbija i Slavenosrbija, Novi Sad, 2001.
  • Pavel Rudjakov, Seoba Srba u Rusiju u 18. veku, Beograd, 1995.
  • Olga M. Posunjko, Istorija Nove Srbije i Slavenosrbije, Novi Sad, 2002.

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