Today is the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, the one that, unlike the 1448 Battle of Kosovo or the 1369 Battle of Kosovo or the 1831 Battle of Kosovo or the 1915 Battle of Kosovo, is the one most people probably think of when you say “the Battle of Kosovo” without specifying any particular one. This Battle of Kosovo, though tactically inconclusive, was a strategic Ottoman victory that both set the stage for early Ottoman domination of the Balkans and ultimately became the touchstone for an emerging Serbian national consciousness. It’s an important battle with long-reaching implications that is unfortunately not very well-documented (a very common problem with much of early Ottoman history). But we’ll do the best we can.
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