Venetians in Constantinople: Nation, Identity, and Coexistence in the Early Modern Mediterranean

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JHU Press, 2006 - Всего страниц: 289
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Historian Eric R Dursteler reconsiders identity in the early modern world to illuminate Veneto-Ottoman cultural interaction and coexistence, challenging the model of hostile relations and suggesting instead a more complex understanding of the intersection of cultures. Although dissonance and strife were certainly part of this relationship, he argues, coexistence and cooperation were more common.

Moving beyond the "clash of civilizations" model that surveys the relationship between Islam and Christianity from a geopolitical perch, Dursteler analyzes the lived reality by focusing on a localized microcosm: the Venetian merchant and diplomatic community in Muslim Constantinople.

While factors such as religion, culture, and political status could be integral elements in constructions of self and community, Dursteler finds early modern identity to be more than the sum total of its constitutent parts and reveals how the fluidity and malleability of identity in this time and place made coexistence among disparate cultures possible.

 

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Introduction I
1
The Venetian Nation in Constantinople
23
The Merchants of Venice
41
Banditi Schiavi Greci
61
Jews Renegades and Early Modern Identity
103
Merchants Patricians Citizens and Early Modern Identity
130
Venetians and Ottomans
151
Glossary
247
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Eric R Dursteler is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University.

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