A Shared World : Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Here, Molly Greene moves beyond the hostile "Christian" versus "Muslim" divide that has colored many historical interpretations of the early modern Mediterranean and reveals a society with a far richer set of cultural and social dynamics. She focuses on Crete, which the Ottoman Empire wrested from Venetian control in 1669. Historians of Europe have traditionally viewed the victory as a watershed, the final step in the Muslim conquest of the eastern Mediterranean and the obliteration of Crete's thriving Latin-based culture. But to what extent did the conquest actually change life on Crete? Greene brings a new perspective to bear on this episode and on the eastern Mediterranean in general. She argues that no sharp divide separated the Venetian and Ottoman eras because the Cretans were already part of a world where Latin Christians, Muslims, and Eastern Orthodox Christians had been intermingling for several centuries, particularly in the area of commerce. The true push for change in the region would come later, from northern Europe.
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 482g
- 26 Mar 2000
- Princeton University Press
- New Jersey, United States
Table of contents
List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Note on Transliteration xiii Introduction 3 One The Last Conquest 13 Two A Difficult Island 45 Three Ottoman Candia 78 Four Between Wine and Olive Oil 110 Five Merchants of Candia 141 Six The Slow Death of the Ancicn Regime 174 Condusion 206 Bibliography 211 Index 223
A much needed reinterpretation of a remarkable period in Crete's history. -- Vernon Egger History This book ... is one of big ideas... The reader is left feeling that Greene not only proposes bold ideas, but undergirds them with serious, and carefully interpreted, primary research. -- K.E. Fleming American Historical Review
About Molly Greene
Molly Greene is Assistant Professor at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in History and the Program in Hellenic Studies.