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History of the Floating City

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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316606612

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  • This book is a sweeping historical portrait of the floating city of Venice from its foundations to the present day. Joanne M. Ferraro considers Venice's unique construction within an amphibious environment and identifies the Asian, European, and North African exchange networks that made it a vibrant and ethnically diverse Mediterranean cultural center. Incorporating recent scholarly insights, the author discusses key themes related to the city's social, cultural, religious, and environmental history, as well as its politics and economy. A refuge and a pilgrim stop; an international emporium and center of manufacture; a mecca of spectacle, theater, music, gambling, and sexual experimentation; and an artistic and architectural marvel, Venice's allure springs eternal in every phase of the city's fascinating history.

    • A comprehensive, stand-alone single-volume history of Venice
    • Accessibly written, with verve and clarity, and well adapted to students, scholars and general readers
    • Beautifully illustrated throughout
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Here is an essential book for all lovers of Venice. Dr. Ferraro writes not only with encyclopedic knowledge but with deep affection and understanding. She has taught me a lot.” – John Julius Norwich, author of A History of Venice and Paradise of Cities: Venice in the 19th Century

    “Summarizing recent research, Joanne Ferraro provides a masterful description of the social and cultural history of Venice, viewed here as a cosmopolitan world city, as well as the floating city of our dreams. It is the most reliable and comprehensive account of the 500-year history of Venice available for this generation of readers.” – Edmund Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz

    “Joanne Ferraro’s new book is the most illuminating synthetic history of Venice in two generations. She depicts a multicultural metropolis inhabited by international merchants as well as artisan heretics, rebel nuns, and feminist writers. Ferraro shows how real people rather than impersonal institutions and abstract forces made history.” – Edward Muir, Northwestern University

    “This is an innovative historical reconstruction of the floating city, with fresh perspectives informed by the most up-to-date scholarship. In lively and engaging prose, Ferraro recreates the rich and complex history of Venice before our eyes. Her history of the Venetian Republic will become the standard work for generations to come.” – Margaret F. Rosenthal, University of Southern California

    “Ferraro is a master storyteller with a rare ability to make everyday life in the lagoon city come alive, while capturing the magic of Venice within a richly textured historical context. Highly recommended reading for all students and lovers of Venice.” – Patricia Fortini Brown, emeritus, Princeton University

    "This is the best book written to date on the Venetian Republic...In the future, when people want to learn about Venice's history, they'll turn to this book first." -Library Journal

    "rich and alluring account of the 'floating city.'" -Publishers Weekly

    "Recommended." -Choice

    "The great merit of Ferraro’s history of Venice is her synthesis and incorporation of much of that material into what is essentially a history of the Republic." -Dennis Romano, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    'The author’s enthusiasm for and deep knowledge of Venice and its history shines through from the beginning to end, which is not surprising, considering her status as one of the preeminent historians of Venice, especially for the early modern period. Ferraro’s treatment of the 'Floating City' will undoubtedly appear on the syllabi of history, geography, and other disciplines’ courses for years to come; truth be told, I am certainly planning to include it on my reading list the next time I teach a course on Italian and/or Mediterranean history.' Brian N. Becker, H-Maritime

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316606612
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 61 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of historical events
    Chronology of architecture, art, literature, and music
    1. Reconstructing the floating city
    2. The riches of Asia, Europe, and North Africa
    3. A pride of lions
    4. Identities and modes of socialization
    5. Material life
    6. City of myth
    7. The Serenissima's wayward subjects
    8. The baroque stage
    9. Epilogue: the tides of change

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Early Modern Venice
    • History of European Cities
    • Painting in Renaissance venice
    • Renaissance Europe
  • Author

    Joanne M. Ferraro, San Diego State University
    Joanne M. Ferraro is Professor and Chair of History at San Diego State University. She is the author of Family and Public Life in Brescia, 1580–1650: The Foundations of Power in the Venetian State (Cambridge, 1993); Marriage Wars in Late Renaissance Venice (2001), which was awarded best book from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize in Italian History; and Nefarious Crimes, Contested Justice: Illicit Sex and Infanticide in the Republic of Venice, 1557–1789 (2008).

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