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VENICE, THE LEGEND OF THE PERFECT STATE, AND THE VENETIAN EXPANSION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN


Teaching Staff: Baroutsos Fotios
Course Code: ΙΝΕ202
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Semester: 8th
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

Venice was and still is one of the legends of European history, intriguing interest because of its expansion in northern Italy (15th century), its "perfect state" (16th century), the special events (Marriage of the Sea, carnival), its higly efficient diplomacy, and the wars against the Ottoman empire. Alongside all these, special attention is due to its naval prowess and the expansion into the Adriatic and the southeastern Mediterranean.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The aim is to induce the students into understanding the historical context of the formation of the Venetian state and its institutions of government. The myth of Venice, its position in the European balance of power, the texture and the extent of the Venetian repubblicanism will consolidate a precise view on the status of Venice. Thus, students will be able to develop a critical approach regarding the relations between the conquerors (Venice) and the conquered in the Greek areas, and the cultural exchange between the two parties.


Syllabus:

Week 1                        Introduction

Week 2                        Relations with the Byzantine empire and the (Holy) Roman empire. Alliances and rivalries during the crusades.

Week 3                        The formation the of the Venetian Comun – the transition to the repubblican state – the early expansion to the Mediterranean.

Week 4                        Institutions of government – the building of the myth of Venice (16th century) – crisis in state ideology (17th-18th centuries).

Week 5                        The attempt to dominate in northern Italy and the Italian wars (15th-16th centuries) – the wars against the Ottomar empire – relations with the Catholic church.

Week 6                        Stato da mar (State of the Sea) and the application of the Venetian repubblicanism.

Week 7                        Societal stratification in the Greek areas of the Sate of the Sea.

Week 8                        Presentations made by the students.

Week 9                        Presentations made by the students.

Week 10                      Cultural influence: material cutlure.

Week 11                      Walking exploration the Corfu town: Venetian remains and reminders.

Week 12                      Cultural influence: literature and theater.

Week 13                      Conclusions.


Suggested Bibliography:
  • QUELLER, Donald E., The venetian patriciate: reality versus myth, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1986.
  • Νικηφόρου-Testone, Αλίκη Δ., Δημόσιες τελετές στην Κέρκυρα κατά την περίοδο της βενετικής κυριαρχίας: 14ος-18ος αι., Αθήνα: Θεμέλιο, c1999.
  • Arbel, Benjamin. Cyprus, the Franks and Venice, 13th-16th centuries, Aldershot: Ashgate, c2000.
  • Valensi, Lucette. Βενετία και υψηλή πύλη: η γένεση του δεσπότη, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2000.
  • LANE, Frederic Chapin, Βενετία: η θαλασσοκράτειρα, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2007.
  • Παγκράτης, Γεράσιμος Δ., Κοινωνία και οικονομία στο βενετικό "Κράτος της θάλασσας": οι ναυτιλιακές επιχειρήσεις της Κέρκυρας (1496-1538), Αθήνα: Πεδίο, 2013.
  • Κοινωνίες της υπαίθρου στην ελληνοβενετική Ανατολή (13ος-18ος αι.), επιμ. Κώστας Ε. Λαμπρινός, Αθήνα: Ακαδημία Αθηνών. Κέντρον Ερεύνης του Μεσαιωνικού και Νέου Ελληνισμού, 2018.

Teaching Methods:

The course comprises lectures, presentations made by the students followed by commenting and debate, discussions on literary texts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, walking exploration of Corfu town.


Evaluation Methods:

The students are required to write:

  • The summary of a book relevant to Venetian history and present it in class,
  • An essay based on research.

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