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Unformatted text preview: -They met in a diet where the vote of a single noble was enough to block the passage of a law-This liberum veto, made it hard for the government to take decisive action-In 1683 when the Polish king Jan Sobieski broke the Ottoman siege of Vienna Hungary-The Hungarian king was forced to sign a charter recognizing the rights of his nobles o Known as the Golden Bull of 1222, it strictly limited royal power-The Mongols overran Hungary in 1241, killing perhaps as much as half its population-The expansion of the Ottoman Turks, though, ended Hungarian independence in 1526 Serbia-During the 600s, South Slavs settled the mountainous Balkans-The Serbs accepted Orthodox Christianity-By the late 1100s, they had set up their own state, which reached its height byunder Stefan Dusan-At the battle of Kosovo in 1389, Serbs fought to the death, a memory still honored by their descendants more than 600 years later...
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