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Venice Reconsidered

The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State, 1297–1797

Venice Reconsidered offers 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 present innovative variants of the myth of Venice—that nearly inexhaustible repertoire of stories Venetians told about themselves.

About the Authors

John Jeffries Martin, author of Venice's Hidden Enemies: Italian Heretics in a Renaissance City and editor of The Renaissance: Italy and Abroad, is a professor of history at Trinity University. Dennis Romano, author of Patricians and Popolani: The Social Foundations of the Venetian Renaissance State and Housecraft and Statecraft: Domestic Service in Renaissance Venice, 1400–1600, is a professor of history at Syracuse University.


"A welcome and illuminating book."

- Thomas Kuehn - Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Succeeds both in reassessing outdated conceptions of life under the Venetian Republic and in proposing new fields of research... This book contributes substantially toward a more comprehensive, complex view of Venice... This is an exemplary collection of essays that provides a fresh look at five hundred years of Venetian social and political history."

- Christopher Carlsmith - Sixteenth-Century Journal

"Provides an excellent survey of the state of current research on the city."

- Jonathan Walker - Journal of European Studies

"Chronological width is matched by thematic wealth... The volume is likely to become a landmark in Venetian historiography."

- Filippo de Vivo - The Historical Journal


"John Martin and Dennis Romano make a very persuasive and compelling argument for the radical shift in Venetian historiography, from the strands of myth and anti-myth in traditional scholarship to the contemporary image—more complex, more nuanced, and more flexible—developed by the other essays in this volume."

- Gene Brucker, University of California, Berkeley

"An exemplary collection of essays which taken together demonstrate not only how much our view of Venice has changed in the past twenty-five years but also how much the Venetians' representation of themselves changed over the half millennium of the Republic's history."

- Nicholas Davidson, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

"This important and wide-ranging collection offers a variety of approaches to different aspects of Venetian history; the essays are substantial, based on extensive archival research, and well balanced; and they will prove essential reading for anyone interested in Venice for a long time to come."

- Daniela Hacke, University of Zurich

"A dramatic reassessment of Venetian history."

- Margaret F. Rosenthal, University of Southern California
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Venice's Hidden Enemies

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