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    DescriptionThe master ship builders of seventeenth-century Venice formed part of what was arguably the greatest manufacturing complex in early modern Europe. As many as three thousand masters, apprentices, and laborers regularly worked in the city's enormous shipyards. This is the social history of the men and women who helped maintain not only the city's dominion over the sea but also its stability and peace. Drawing on a variety of documents that include nearly a thousand petitions from the shipbuilders to the Venetian governments as well as on parish records, inventories, and wills, Robert C. Davis offers a vivid and compelling account of these early modern workers. He explores their mentality and describes their private and public worlds (which in some ways, he argues, prefigured the factories and company towns of a later era). He uncovers the far-reaching social and cultural role played by women in this industrial community. He shows how the Venetian government formed its shipbuilders into a militia to maintain public order. And he describes the often colorful ways in which Venetians dealt with the tensions that role provoked-including officially sanctioned community fistfights on the city's bridges. The recent decision by the Italian government to return the Venetian Arsenal to civilian control has sparked renewed interest in the subject among historians. Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal offers new evidence on the ways in which large, state-run manufacturing operations furthered the industrialization process, as well as on the extent of workers' influence on the social dynamics of the early modern European city.

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    Shipbuilders of the Venetian Arsenal
    Workers and Workplace in the Preindustrial City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert C. Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801886256
    ISBN 10: 0801886252

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH, HBTM
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JD
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, MED078000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BIC subject category V2: KNDS
    DC22: 331.76238210
    DC21: 331.76238210
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, KND, NHTM
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    11 January 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Robert C. Davis is a professor of Italian Renaissance and early modern Mediterranean history at the Ohio State University. His publications include The Jews of Early Modern Venice, The War of the Fists, and (coedited with Judith Brown) Gender and Society in Renaissance Italy.
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    A little gem, superbly crafted and well-written... Davis has certainly achieved his aim in describing and explaining the Venetian Arsenal and its workers with a competency that makes it well worth the price. Northern Mariner This is social history at its best and an important, original contribution to the history of Venice. Not only does it shed much new light on a large segment of the Venetian working class, but it also adds to our understanding of the Venetian system of government's legendary stability and shrewd management of potentially disruptive forces. Journal of Economic History Davis skillfully describes the arsenalotti and their world, using a wealth of manuscript and secondary materials. Sixteenth Century Journal