A History of Venice

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Traces the rise ot empire of this city from its 5th century beginnings all the way through until 1797 when Napolean put an end to the thousand year-old Republic. 32 pages of black and white photos, 4 maps and charts.

"The standard Venetian history in English, indispensable" - Jan Morris.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
At once the most comprehensive and the most engaging history of Venice available in English, this book will be treasured by all those who share the author's fascination with "the most beautiful and magical of cities."

"As a historian Lord Norwich knows what matters. As a writer he has a taste for beauty, a love of language and an enlivening wit.... He contrives, as no English writer has done before, to sustain a continuous interest in that crowded history." -- Hugh Trevor-Roper

"Will become the standard English work of Venetian history." -- C. P. Snow, Financial Times

"Lord Norwich has loved and understood Venice as well as any other Englishman has ever done. He has put readers of this generation more in his debt than any other English writer." -- Peter Levi, The Sunday Times (London)

Library Journal
If Venice is your destination, you won't want to go without at least a dip into historian John Julius Norwich's A History of Venice (Vintage. 1989. ISBN 0-679-72197-5. pap. $25) and a full immersion into Jan Morris's less daunting The World of Venice (Harvest: Harcourt. 1995. ISBN 0-15-698356-7. pap. $16), where she applies her intelligence, wit, and insatiable curiosity to an in-depth exploration of this most fascinating of cities. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679721970
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 255,877
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Maps xiii
Acknowledgements xxii
Introduction xxiii
Part 1 The Barbarian Invasions to the Fourth Crusade
1 Beginnings (to 727) 3
2 Emergence (727-811) 15
3 The City Rises Up (811-900) 26
4 The Adventurer and the Saint (900-991) 39
5 The Determined Dynasty (991-1032) 49
6 The Norman Menace (1032-1095) 65
7 In the Wake of the Crusade (1095-1130) 76
8 Between Two Empires (1130-1172) 92
9 Reconciliation (1172-1187) 108
10 The Shameful Glory (1187-1205) 122
Part 2 The Imperial Expansion
11 The Latin Empire (1205-1268) 147
12 The Wages of Arrogance (1268-1299) 164
13 The Oligarchs Triumphant (1297-1310) 181
14 The Conspiracy and the Council (1310) 190
15 The Mainland Dominion (1311-1342) 200
16 Andrea Dandolo and Marin Falier (1342-1355) 214
17 Colonies Lost and Held (1355-1376) 230
18 The War with Genoa (1372-1381) 243
19 The Empire Takes Shape (1381-1405) 257
Part 3 A Power in Europe
20 The Empire Grows (1405-1413) 279
21 The Prophetic Doge (1413-1423) 292
22 Carmagnola (1423-1432) 300
23 The Mainland Upheaval (1432-1455) 313
24 The Fall of Constantinople (1453) 325
25 The Two Foscari (1453-1457) 334
26 The Ottoman Menace (1457-1481) 342
27 The Ferrara War and the Queen of Cyprus (1481-1488) 359
28 France on the March (1489-1500) 369
29 Double Disaster (1499-1503) 383
30 The League of Cambrai (1503-1509) 390
31 Capitulation and Absolution (1509-1510) 403
32 Shifting Alliances (1510-1513) 414
33 The New Venice (1513-1516) 427
34 The Imperial Triumph (1516-1530) 434
Part 4 Decline and Fall
35 Peace (1530-1564) 449
36 The Loss of Cyprus (1564-1570) 464
37 Lepanto (1570-1571) 481
38 The Twilight of the Century (1571-1595) 489
39 The Last Interdict (1595-1607) 506
40 Treason and Plot (1607-1622) 518
41 Zen against the Ten (1623-1631) 530
42 The Cretan War (1631-1670) 542
43 Morosini and the Morea (1670-1700) 561
44 Passarowitz and Peace (1700-1718) 575
45 The Eighteenth Century (1718-1789) 583
46 The Fall (1789-1797) 605
Epilogue 632
List of Doges 641
Bibliography 643
Index 651
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006


    This is a rare popular history: exciting, precise but not dense, covers the grand scope of venice from 800 to napolean. Filled with off-beat colorful vignettes, covers international affairs, domestic politics, venetian art, architecture, religion,etc. A literary caravan and feast.

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    The Merchants w/o a Dark Age

    An accurate & historical book which makes the people come to life, is entertaining and teaches you a lot about European history I never learned in school or college. Excellent book.

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