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Seminar Questions
  • Why was Venice successful in preserving its republican constitution?
  • How was political opposition expressed in Venice between c. 1350 and c. 1650?
  • What did rituals contribute to the political life of Venice in this period?
Core Reading

You should each read all three of the following items:


Sanudo, Marin, Venice, cità excelentissima: selections from the Renaissance diaries of Marin Sanudo, ed. and trans. Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White (Baltimore, 2008), pp. 49-112, 159-226.

Contarini, Gasparo, The Commonwealth and Government of VeniceLink opens in a new window, trans. Lewis Lewkenor (London, 1599)

Recommended Further Reading

van Gelder, Maartje, and Claire Judde de Larivière (eds), Popular Politics in an Aristocratic RepublicLink opens in a new window (London, 2020)

Muir, Edward, Civic Ritual in Renaissance VeniceLink opens in a new window (Princeton, NJ, 1981)

Indications for Further Reading