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Byzantium and Venice: A Study in Diplomatic and Cultural Relations / Edition 1

Byzantium and Venice: A Study in Diplomatic and Cultural Relations / Edition 1

by Donald M. Nicol


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This book traces the diplomatic, cultural, and commercial links between Constantinople and Venice from the foundation of the Venetian Republic to the Fall of the Byzantine Empire. It aims to show how, with the encouragement of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Venetians came to dominate first the Genoese and thereafter the whole Byzantine economy. At the same time, the author points to those important cultural and, above all, political reasons why the relationship between the two states was always inherently unstable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521428941
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Maps of the Byzantine and Venetian worlds; 1. Venice: the Byzantine province; 2. Venice: the Byzantine protectorate; 3. Venice: the ally of Byzantium; 4. Venice: the partner of Byzantium; 5. Byzantium, Venice and the First Crusade; 6. The parting of the ways; 7. The calm before the storm; 8. The Fourth Crusade; 9. Venice in Byzantium: the Empire of Romania; 10. Venice: champion of a lost cause; 11. Byzantium, Venice and the Angevin threat; 12. Byzantium, Venice and Genoa; 13. Conflicting interests and competing claims; 14. Byzantium, Venice and the Turks; 15. Byzantium: the victim of commercial rivalry; 16. The profit and honour of Venice; 17. Jewels for an island; 18. Byzantium in thrall to the Turks and in debt to Venice; 19. Byzantine optimism and Venetian vacillation; 20. Byzantium the suppliant of Venice; 21. The worst news for all of Christendom: Venice and the fall of Constantinople; 22. Legacies and debts; Byzantine Emperors; Doges of Venice; Bibliography; Index.

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