- Tapa blanda: 528 páginas
- Editor: Johns Hopkins University Press (1 de noviembre de 1973)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 080181460X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801814600
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Venice, A Maritime Republic (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 nov 1973
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"Students now have an analysis of Venice's fortunes over the whole course of its independent history that they can trust... A crisp and clearly visualized narrative."(Times Literary Supplement)
"The best one-volume history of Venice in any language."(American Historical Review)
"An up-to-date and comprehensive history of Venice has long been needed, and Professor Lane, as the doyen of historians of Venice, was the obvious man to supply it."(J.H. Elliott New York Review of Books)
"Frederic Lane has achieved what is the often unfulfilled dream of every historian who has devoted his entire work to the exploration of partial aspects of a single broad subject: he has given us a comprehensive, thoughtful, readable, beautifully illustrated general history of Venice from the origins to the beginning of decline."(Speculum)
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"Frederic Lane has achieved what is the often unfulfilled dream of every historian who has devoted his entire work to the exploration of partial aspects of a single broad subject: he has given us a comprehensive, thoughtful, readable, beautifully illustrated general history of Venice from the origins to the beginning of decline."--'Speculum.'
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Where the book does touch on wars and politics, it gives just enough details to bring the story alive, as in the gripping account of the War of Chioggia, an episode I had never heard of before but which would make a fantastic movie. The author makes very good choices for which topics to dwell on and which to summarize quickly. The prose is unremarkable but effective, and the B&W illustrations are interesting in themselves and well-integrated into the text (though as another review mentions some - but not all - of the illustrations are not very well reproduced in the paperback edition). Though the illustrations are in shades of gray, reading this book allows one to enter a colorful world where the myth and reality of Venezia grow through time.
Why should a Conservative in particular celebrate Venice? The Venetian Republic was the world's first and longest lasting model of a free society with limited government and an exuberant capitalist spirit--the Venetian Republic was Conservative! Frederic Lane opens his Venice: a Maritime Republic by telling us that "Venice stands out as a symbol of beauty, of wise government, and of communally controlled capitalism. The distinctiveness of the environment in which the Venetians built gave an obviously unique quality to their city's charm. Its watery setting contributed to an aristocratic tradition of liberty...After 1000 AD. they became a seagoing nation, sailing trading, and fighting in many parts of the Mediterranean and the rivers of souther Russia to the English Channel. Finally, Venice became a city of craftsmen, functionaries, and a few aristocrats, a city renowned for its skills in handiwork, finance and government."
"Venice had no single written document like the Constitution of the United States embodying a basic law with which all other laws had to conform. The nearest to it in early times was the doge's oath, the Promissione...We may speak of a Venetian Constitution, however, in the same way that we refer to the British constitution, although it is embodied in no single document but is found in scattered statutes and partly in customs long adhered to...The central organs of government formed a pyramid with the general assembly at its base and the doge at tis apex. In between them were the Great Council, the forty and the Senate, and the Ducal Council. Distrust of individual power made the Venetians depend on committees and councils. Even in their judicial system, sentences were not imposed by an individual judge but by several judges acting together."
Venice relied upon her naval power to quell piracy and to protect the flow of commerce. Venice ruled the seas of the Eastern Mediterranean. Venice also colonized outposts such as Crete and Rhodes. The Arsenal in Venice was their naval storehouse and arms center. The ship Amerigo Vespucci is a reminder of Venice's naval power and continues to be a training vessel for the cadets of today's Italian navy.
Venetian-led naval forces defeated a large Turkish fleet on October 7, 1571 at the battle of Lepanto. This decisive victory saved the Venetian holdings such as Crete and the Ionian islands and prevented the raiding of the Italian coast that would otherwise have followed. This check on the expansion of Ottoman power has been widely acclaimed as one of the decisive battles of world history.
Frederic Lane writes, "the histories of the United States and of Venice are remarkably similar in one respect. In the early history of both republics, the sea was a source of wealth contributing to the expansion of the rest of the economy...Venice, having used its ships and seamen to gain the lordship of the gulf, a colonial empire, and a leading place among centres of international trade, found later opportunities for growth in industry and finance."
Typical Venetian homes included a showroom on the main floor for display of a merchant's wares. There was no distinction between commercial and residential.
The Bellini Cocktail. No trip to Venice is complete with the enjoyment of a Bellini or two. These were invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in the 1930's and named after the famous Venetian painter. Here is how you make a Bellini cocktail. Peel fresh white peaches and puree in blender. Use a champagne flute. Fill flute with about 2oz of peach puree. Add 4 oz of chilled Prosecco. Stir and you've got it! Salute!
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