A Companion to Venetian History, 1400-1797 by Eric R Dursteler

By Eric R Dursteler

The sphere of Venetian stories has skilled an important growth lately, and the spouse to Venetian historical past, 1400-1797 offers a unmarried quantity assessment of the newest advancements. it really is geared up thematically and covers a variety of themes together with political tradition, economic climate, faith, gender, artwork, literature, track, and the surroundings. each one bankruptcy presents a huge yet finished ancient and historiographical evaluation of the present kingdom and destiny instructions of analysis. The better half to Venetian heritage, 1400-1797 represents a brand new element of reference for the following iteration of scholars of early glossy Venetian reviews, in addition to extra largely for students engaged on all points of the early smooth world.
Contributors are Alfredo Viggiano, Benjamin Arbel, Michael Knapton, Claudio Povolo, Luciano Pezzolo, Anna Bellavitis, Anne Schutte, Guido Ruggiero, Benjamin Ravid, Silvana Seidel Menchi, Cecilia Cristellon, David D’Andrea, Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan, Wolfgang Wolters, Dulcia Meijers, Massimo Favilla, Ruggero Rugolo, Deborah Howard, Linda Carroll, Jonathan Glixon, Paul Grendler, Edward Muir, William Eamon, Edoardo Demo, Margaret King, Mario Infelise, Margaret Rosenthal and Ronnie Ferguson.

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The most compelling recent history of Venice is the eminent French cultural and environmental historian Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan’s Venise triomphante: les horizons d’un mythe, published in France in 1997 and in a wonderful English translation in 2002. Crouzet-Pavan approaches Venetian history with great insight and innovation through an examination of the determining influence of Venice’s physical setting on its history. She describes the way the land was drained, the water tamed, and the physical setting manipulated and transformed; and she argues that the unique challenge of building a city on water produced early on a need for collective effort, which ultimately gave rise to the highly centralized, unusually stable structures of the Venetian state.

503. 24 Benzoni, “La Storiografia,” p. 605. 10 eric r. 25 The “fetishism” of the document was similarly manifest in the publication of numerous collections of primary sources over the course of the 19th century. The first of 15 volumes of Eugenio Albèri’s famed Relazioni degli ambasciatori veneti al senato was published in 1839, and was supplemented by several subsequent collections, including Niccolò Barozzi and Guglielmo Berchet’s set of 17th-century reports. 26 An enduring fascination with Venice and a growing awareness of its archival riches drew many non-Italian scholars to the city over the course of the century.

48 Bertelli, “Appunti sulla storiografia italiana per l’età moderna,” p. 105. 18 eric r. 49 Modeled on Treccani’s Storia di Milano (1953–62), the project had its genesis in a series of conversations involving the most influential Italian scholars of Venice of the day. ” Their objective, then, was to “surpass” all previous histories of Venice in scale and historiographical currency and produce the definitive history of Venice for this generation. This was to be accomplished by an in-depth tracing of the trajectory of Venetian history, from its origins to the present day, focusing not just on the city itself, but placed within the broader context of its relationship to the landed and maritime components of its state.

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