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By Maria Fusaro

Opposed to the backdrop of England's emergence as a tremendous fiscal strength, the improvement of early sleek capitalism normally and the transformation of the Mediterranean, Maria Fusaro provides a brand new standpoint at the onset of Venetian decline. interpreting the numerous advertisement courting among those eu empires in the course of the interval 1450-1700, Fusaro demonstrates how Venice's social, political and financial conditions formed the English mercantile group in designated methods. by means of concentrating on the industrial interplay among Venice and England, she additionally re-establishes the research of the maritime political economic system as a vital constituent of the Venetian nation political economic climate. This not easy interpretation of a few vintage problems with early smooth historical past could be of profound curiosity to monetary, social and criminal historians and offers a stimulating addition to present debates in imperial historical past, specially at the financial dating among diverse empires and the socio-economic interplay among 'rulers and ruled'.

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U. Tucci, Mercanti, navi e monete nel Cinquecento veneziano, Bologna, 1981, 47. 40 The relationship between Venice and its subject lands in the Terraferma and Stato da Mar was a nuanced one, where similarities in the overarching administrative structure coexisted with important differences. Dominion across the sea was different from that on the mainland, but the language binding them together was one, and was most pragmatic. In a recent synthesis on the relationship between Venice and the Terraferma, Michael Knapton argues how claims for the legitimacy of annexation and dominion were often generically framed: God’s favour towards the Republic, its rights to self-defence, its commitment to freedom and peace, its altruism towards Terraferma communities earlier crushed by tyranny.

Madden, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice, Baltimore and London, 2003; A. Carile, ‘Partitio terrarum imperii Romanie’, Studi Veneziani, 7 (1965–1966): 125–305; M. Balard, Les Latins en Orient, XIe–XVe siècle, Paris, 2006, 217–218. A. , Urbs Capta. See also M. ’, in G. Ortalli, G. Ravegnani and P. , Quarta Crociata: Venezia, Bisanzio, Impero Latino, Venice, 2006, 301–316. It is worth mentioning that a debate on the nature of England’s imperial trajectory and on the possible existence of structurally different phases in its history is still a lively element in the historiography of the British empire.

17 Anglo-Venetian concern – and for that reason alone the Levant territories represent an excellent case study. Commercial empires lead to the creation of dependent markets where the ruling power can sell its wares – usually manufactures – and take advantage of natural resources, whose distribution is centrally controlled and whose taxation benefits the imperial centre at the expense of the periphery. 63 The famed freedom of Venice was in practice financed also by the economic exploitation of its territories.

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