Venice : History of the Floating City

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This book is a sweeping historical portrait of the floating city of Venice from its foundations to the present day. Joanne M. Ferraro considers Venice's unique construction within an amphibious environment and identifies the Asian, European and North African exchange networks that made it a vibrant and ethnically diverse Mediterranean cultural centre. Incorporating recent scholarly insights, the author discusses key themes related to the city's social, cultural, religious and environmental history, as well as its politics and economy. A refuge and a pilgrim stop; an international emporium and centre of manufacture; a mecca of spectacle, theatre, music, gambling and sexual experimentation; and an artistic and architectural marvel, Venice's allure springs eternal in every phase of the city's fascinating history.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 61 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 5 maps
  • 1139029932
  • 9781139029933

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'This is the best book written to date on the Venetian Republic ... In the future, when people want to learn about Venice's history, they'll turn to this book first.' Library Journal 'This is Ferraro's best book and not to be missed.' Open Letters Monthly ( 'In its emphasis on social and cultural rather than political or economic history, the book reflects contemporary interests in Venetian history and thus would be an outstanding accompaniment to a course on Venice. Ferraro not only incorporates recent scholarship; she also indicates where there are open questions and scholarly disagreements without letting these debates overwhelm her own narrative. In addition, there are fifteen sidebars that highlight objects and individuals characteristic to Venice: brief essays on gondolas, building construction techniques, chocolate, protofeminist writers, and taverns all point to particular manifestations of larger trends. This book is essential reading for all those interested in Venetian history. It will undoubtedly serve as a touchstone for scholarly and popular conversations about the city for years to come.' Monique O'Connell, Journal of Modern History
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Table of contents

Preface; Chronology of historical events; Chronology of architecture, art, literature, and music; 1. Reconstructing the floating city; 2. The riches of Asia, Europe, and North Africa; 3. A pride of lions; 4. Identities and modes of socialization; 5. Material life; 6. City of myth; 7. The Serenissima's wayward subjects; 8. The baroque stage; 9. Epilogue: the tides of change; Appendices.
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