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Introduction to Renaissance Venice

Seminar Tutor

Jonathan Davies

Seminar Questions

  • What were the major forces of change in Renaissance Venice?
  • What was the myth of Venice and how was it challenged in this period?
  • How did Venetians respond to the problems and challenges that they faced in this period?
  • What were the major forces of order and disorder in Venice in this period?
  • In what major ways has Venetian historiography evolved in recent decades?

Key Texts

Further Reading

  • E. Crouzet-Pavan, Venice Triumphant: The Horizons of a Myth (Baltimore, 2005).
  • F. De Vivo, "Review Article: The Diversity of Venice and her Myths." The Historical Journal 47(1) (2004): 169–177.
  • J. Grubb, “When Myths Lose Power: Four Decades of Venetian Historiography”, Journal of Modern History Vol. 58 (1986): 43-94.
  • R. Finlay, “The Immortal Republic: The Myth of Venice During the Italian Wars (1494- 1530)” Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. 30, No.4 (1999), 931-944.
  • P. Fortini Brown, Venice & Antiquity: The Venetian Sense of the Past (New Haven, 1996).
  • P. Fortini Brown, ‘How Renaissances happened in Venice’ in Alison Brown (ed.), Language and Images of Renaissance Italy.
  • D. Rosand, Myths of Venice. The Figuration of a State (Chapel Hill, NC, 2001)
  • M. Tafuri, Venice and the Renaissance, trans. Jessica Levine (Cambridge, Mass., 1995).
  • W. J. Bouwsma, Venice and the Defense of Republican Liberty: Renaissance Values in the Age of the Counter-Reformation (Berkeley 1968).
  • G. Fasoli, ‘Nascità di un mito’, in Studi Storici in onore di Gioacchino Volpe, vol. 1 (Florence, 1958), pp. 445-79.