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Historical justifications of Venetian power in the Adriatic

de Vivo, Filippo (2003) Historical justifications of Venetian power in the Adriatic. Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2), pp. 159-176. ISSN 0022-5037.

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This article asks whether a myth can be collapsed into history by describing the material signs of memory as "evidence." In a story dear to the Venetian hearts, in 1177 the Republic of Venice defeated the imperial fleet and brought peace back to Italy. For centuries, this narrative was recounted and its truth upheld against growing political and scholarly criticism, first through the ritual display of evidence, then through its discussion in a large literary production. In the seventeenth century, it is argued, the notion of evidence was abandoned in favor of the sheer affirmation of power.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The author was at Trinity College, Cambridge when this article was published. He is currently (January 2008) lecturer in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2008 12:05
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16

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