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Venice reconsidered : the history and civilization of an Italian city-state, 1297-1797

The essays in Venice Reconsidered offer 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 show that fundamental social categories such as nobility and citizenship were continually modified and renegotiated throughout the Republic's history. In particular, the study of women and nonelites complicates the more static images of Venice that once dominated the historiography. New analyses of Venice's rule of the terraferma have profoundly altered current perceptions of the Republic's political history and its legacies to the emerging Italian nation-state. Finally, through explorations of the meanings and functions of art, music, and architecture, these essays present innovative variants of the myth of Venice -- that nearly inexhaustible repertoire of stories Venetians told about themselves.
Print Book, English, ©2000
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, ©2000
xiii, 538 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780801863127, 0801863120
Reconsidering Venice / John Martin and Dennis Romano
Toward an ecological understanding of the myth of Venice / Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan
The Serrata of the Great Council and Venetian society, 1286-1323 / Gerhard Rösch
Hard times and ducal radiance : Andrea Dandolo and the construction of the ruler in fourteenth-century Venice / Debra Pincus
Was there republicanism in the Rensaissance republics? Venice after Agnadello / Edward Muir
Confronting new realities : Venice and the Peace of Bologna, 1530 / Elisabeth G. Gleason
"A plot discover'd?" Myth, legend, and the "Spanish" conspiracy against Venice in 1618 / Richard Mackenney
Opera, festivity, and spectacle in "revolutionary" Venice : phantasms of time and history / Martha Feldman
Identity and ideology in Renaissance Venice : the third Serrata / Stanley Chojnacki
Behind the walls : the material culture of Venetian elites / Patricia Fortini Brown
Elite citizens / James S. Grubb
Veronese's high altarpiece for San Sebastiano : a patrician commission for a counter reformation church / Peter Humfrey
Early modern Venice as a center of information and communication / Peter Burke
Toward a social history of women in Venice : from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment / Federica Ambrosini
Slave redemption in Venice, 1585-1797 / Robert C. Davis
The creation of Venetian historiography / Claudio Povolo