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Core Reading

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 Venice, trans. Lewis Lewkenor (London, 1599)

Recommended Further Reading

van Gelder, Maartje, and Claire Judde de Larivière (eds), Popular Politics in an Aristocratic Republic (London, 2020)

Muir, Edward, Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice (Princeton, NJ, 1981)

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?
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