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The Venetians : a new history : from Marco Polo to Casanova

Author: Paul Strathern; Derek Perkins
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
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Biography
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Strathern, Paul.
Venetians.
[Old Saybrook, Ct.] : Tantor Media, Inc., 2014
(OCoLC)865019983
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Strathern; Derek Perkins
ISBN: 9781452619477 1452619476 9781452699479 145269947X
OCLC Number: 870308251
Performer(s): Read by Derek Perkins.
Target Audience: General adult.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13 hr., 29 min., 24 sec.))
Responsibility: Paul Strathern.
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The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria, and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic's eventual surrender to Napoleon. The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history-Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities, who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic's unprecedented rise? Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city-states.

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