Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State, 1297-1797

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Venice Reconsidered offers a dynamic portrait of Venice from the establishment of the Republic at the end of the thirteenth century to its fall to Napoleon in 1797. In contrast to earlier efforts to categorize Venice's politics as strictly republican and its society as rigidly tripartite and hierarchical, the scholars in this volume present a more fluid and complex interpretation of Venetian culture. Drawing on a variety of disciplines—history, art history, and musicology—these essays present innovative variants ...

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Overview

Venice Reconsidered offers a dynamic portrait of Venice from the establishment of the Republic at the end of the thirteenth century to its fall to Napoleon in 1797. In contrast to earlier efforts to categorize Venice's politics as strictly republican and its society as rigidly tripartite and hierarchical, the scholars in this volume present a more fluid and complex interpretation of Venetian culture. Drawing on a variety of disciplines—history, art history, and musicology—these essays present innovative variants of the myth of Venice—that nearly inexhaustible repertoire of stories Venetians told about themselves.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Interdisciplinary History
A welcome and illuminating book.

— Thomas Kuehn

Sixteenth-Century Journal
Succeeds both in reassessing outdated conceptions of life under the Venetian Republic and in proposing new fields of research... This book contributes substantially toward a more comprehensive, complex view of Venice... This is an exemplary collection of essays that provides a fresh look at five hundred years of Venetian social and political history.

— Christopher Carlsmith

Journal of European Studies
Provides an excellent survey of the state of current research on the city.

— Jonathan Walker

The Historical Journal
Chronological width is matched by thematic wealth... The volume is likely to become a landmark in Venetian historiography.

— Filippo de Vivo

Journal of Interdisciplinary History - Thomas Kuehn

A welcome and illuminating book.

Sixteenth-Century Journal - Christopher Carlsmith

Succeeds both in reassessing outdated conceptions of life under the Venetian Republic and in proposing new fields of research... This book contributes substantially toward a more comprehensive, complex view of Venice... This is an exemplary collection of essays that provides a fresh look at five hundred years of Venetian social and political history.

Journal of European Studies - Jonathan Walker

Provides an excellent survey of the state of current research on the city.

The Historical Journal - Filippo de Vivo

Chronological width is matched by thematic wealth... The volume is likely to become a landmark in Venetian historiography.

Booknews
The 15 essays collected here draw on a variety of disciplines (history, art history, and musicology) to create a more dynamic and complex picture than the traditional static interpretation of Venetian culture in the 500 years between the Republic's establishment and its fall to Napoleon. The themes that wind through the book include a collapse of the old chronological boundaries of Venetian history, an emphasis on fluidity and process in the study of Venetian politics and society, and the intrinsic role of art, music, and literature in fashioning the way Venetians understood and viewed themselves. The editors hope to inspire a new generation of students in a variety of fields to continue to raise new questions about the history of the Republic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801873089
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Jeffries Martin, author of Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City and editor of The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad, is a professor of history at Trinity University. Dennis Romano, author of Patricians and Popolani: The Social Foundations of the Venetian Renaissance State and Housecraft and Statecraft: Domestic Service in Renaissance Venice, 1400–1600, is a professor of history at Syracuse University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents:

PrefaceList of ContributorsReconsidering Venice

John Martin and Dennis Romano Part I. The Setting1 Toward an Ecological Understanding of the Myth of Venice

Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan Part II. Politics and Culture2 The Serrata of the Great Council and Venetian Society, 1286–1323

Gerhard Rösch3 Hard Times and Ducal Radiance: Andrea Dandolo and the Construction of the Ruler in Fourteenth-Century Venice

Debra Pincus4 Was There Republicanism in the Renaissance Republics? Venice after Agnadello

Edward Muir5 Confronting New Realities: Venice and the Peace of Bologna, 1530

Elisabeth G. Gleason6 "A Plot Discover'd?"Myth, Legend, and the "Spanish"Conspiracy against Venice in 1618

Richard Mackenney7 Opera, Festivity, and Spectacle in "Revolutionary"Venice: Phantasms of Time and History

Martha Feldman Part III. Society and Culture8 Identity and Ideology in Renaissance Venice: The Third Serrata

Stanley Chojnacki9 Behind the Walls: The Material Culture of Venetian Elites

Patricia Fortini Brown10 Elite Citizens

James S. Grubb11 Veronese's High Altarpiece for San Sebastiano: A Patrician Commissionfor Counter Reformation Church

Peter Humfrey12 Early Modern Venice as a Center of Information and Communication

Peter Burke13 Toward a Social History of Women in Venice: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Federica Ambrosini14 Slave Redemption in Venice, 1585–1797

Robert C. Davis Part IV. After the Fall15 The Creation of Venetian Historiography

Claudio Povolo

Index

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