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Venice: A New History

Venice: A New History

A spellbinding new portrait of one of the world’s most beloved cities

La Serenissima. Its breathtaking architecture, art, and opera ensure that Venice remains a perennially popular destination for tourists and armchair travelers alike. Yet most of the available books about this magical city are either facile travel guides or fusty academic tomes. In Venice, renowned historian Thomas F. Madden draws on new research to explore the city’s many astonishing achievements and to set 1,500 years of Venetian history and the endless Venetian-led Crusades in the context of the ever-shifting Eurasian world. Filled with compelling insights and famous figures, Venice is a monumental work of popular history that’s as opulent and entertaining as the great city itself.

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INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. REFUGEES ON THE LAGOON: THE ORIGINS OF VENICE

Chapter 2. ST. MARK’S REST: THE BIRTH OF THE CITY OF VENICE, 697–836

Chapter 3. COMING OF AGE: INDEPENDENCE, EXPANSION, AND POWER, 836–1094

Chapter 4. A MERCHANT REPUBLIC IN A FEUDAL AGE: ECCLESIASTICAL AND POLITICAL REFORM, 1095–1172

Chapter 5. BETWEEN EMPIRES: THE PEACE OF VENICE, 1172–1200

Chapter 6. BIRTH OF A MARITIME EMPIRE: VENICE AND THE FOURTH CRUSADE

Chapter 7. MARCO POLO’S VENICE: PROSPERITY, POWER, AND PIETY IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY

Chapter 8. THE DISCOVERY OF THE WEST: WAR, WEALTH, AND REFORM IN THE EARLY FOURTEENTH CENTURY

Chapter 9. PLAGUE AND TREASON IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY

Chapter 10. FROM VICTORY TO VICTORY: THE WAR OF CHIOGGIA AND THE BIRTH OF THE MAINLAND EMPIRE

Chapter 11. DEATH OF A PARENT: THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE AND THE RISE OF THE OTTOMAN TURKS

Chapter 12. SOWING AND REAPING:MEDIEVAL VENICE AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN FINANCE

Chapter 13. THE PERILS OF SUCCESS: THE APOGEE OF THE VENETIAN EMPIRE

Chapter 14. MOST SPLENDID AND SERENE: VENICE AND THE RENAISSANCE

Chapter 15. FOR GOD AND ST. MARK: THE WARS AGAINST THE TURKS

Chapter 16. MASKS, OPERA, AND LOVE: VENICE THE TOURIST DESTINATION

Chapter 17. A MEDIEVAL REPUBLIC IN THE MODERN WORLD: THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE, AND THE FALL OF VENICE

Chapter 18. A CRISIS OF IDENTITY: VENICE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Chapter 19. WAR, WATER, AND TOURISTS: VENICE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND

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