Dubrovnik: A History


“Detailed, scholarly and eminently readable, Dubrovnik is a triumph of book production. This is a splendid volume.”—The Literary Review
“There are few introductions to the city’s past available to general readers . . . Harris’ splendid study meets this need admirably.”—The Times Literary Supplement

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“Detailed, scholarly and eminently readable, Dubrovnik is a triumph of book production. This is a splendid volume.”—The Literary Review
“There are few introductions to the city’s past available to general readers . . . Harris’ splendid study meets this need admirably.”—The Times Literary Supplement
“A fascinating and scholarly account.”—Daily Telegraph
Since emerging as a settlement in the seventh century, Dubrovnik held a significant position beyond what could have been expected of this tiny city-state. Its merchants, trading throughout the huge Ottoman Empire, enjoyed privileges denied to other Western states. A politically skilled and commercially enterprising ruling class took every opportunity to maximize the republic’s wealth.
Dubrovnik also faced the extreme dangers posed by Venetian aggressors, Ottoman plotters, a terrible earthquake in 1667, and, finally, the will of Napoleon. In 1991 and 1992, the city survived the besieging Yugoslav army, which heavily damaged but did not destroy Dubrovnik’s cultural heritage. This book is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik’s progress over twelve centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes, and the traumas of war and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863569593
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 503
  • Sales rank: 677,727
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Harris has a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University. He writes extensively on the Balkans and in particular Croatia and Bosnia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Acknowledgments 11
A Note on Names 13
A Note on Pronunciation 15
A Note on Citations 16
Preface 17
1 Ragusan Roots and Riddles: The Origins of Ragusa/Dubrovnik 19
2 Distant Friends and Hostile Neighbours: Dubrovnik Under Byzantine Protection (c. 800-1205) 33
3 The Serenissima's Subjects: Dubrovnik Under Venetian Rule (1205-1358) 46
4 A Kind of Independence: Dubrovnik's Autonomous Development Under Hungarian Suzerainty (1358-c.1433) 62
5 Eastern Approaches: Dubrovnik Within the Ottoman Empire (c.1396-1526) 77
6 War, Diplomacy and Chaos: Dubrovnik Between the Habsburgs, Venice and the Porte (1526-1667) 101
7 Governing Passion: The Institutions of Government and the Challenges They Faced (c. 1272-1667) 123
8 Merchant Venturing: Economic Development (c. 1272-1667) 152
9 Ragusan Society: Dubrovnik's Social Structure and Mores (c. 1300-c. 1667) 185
10 Religious Life: Ecclesiastical Organization and Spirituality in Dubrovnik (c. 1190-1808) 220
11 Cultural Life: Literature, Scholarship, Painting and Music (c. 1358-c. 1667) 224
12 The Construction of Dubrovnik: Settlement and Urban Planning, Fortification and Defence, Public and Private Building in the Ragusan Republic (c. 1272-1667) 287
13 Death and Resurrection: The Great Earthquake and its Aftermath (1667-1669) 319
14 Sunset Years: Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Life (1669-1792) 341
15 The Fall of the Ragusan Republic: The Background to and Circumstances of the Abolition of the Republic in 1808 374
Postscript: Ragusan Shadows: Episodes from the Later History of Dubrovnik 402
App. 1 A Note on Dubrovnik's 'Independence' 425
App. 2: A Note on Money, Weights and Measures 426
Chronology 428
Notes 434
Bibliography 474
Sources for Illustrations 491
Index 492
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