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By Monique O'Connell

The city-state of Venice, with a inhabitants of lower than 100,000, ruled a fragmented and fragile empire on the boundary among East and West, among Latin Christian, Greek Orthodox, and Muslim worlds. during this institutional and administrative background, Monique O'Connell explains the constructions, procedures, practices, and legislation through which Venice maintained its monstrous out of the country holdings.The criminal, linguistic, spiritual, and cultural variety inside Venice's empire made it tough to impose any centralization or team spirit between its disparate territories. O'Connell has mined the titanic archival assets to provide an explanation for how Venice's primary govt was once in a position to administer and govern its vast empire. O'Connell reveals that winning governance depended seriously at the adventure of governors, an interlocking community of noble households, who have been despatched out of the country to barter the customarily conflicting calls for of Venice's governing council and the neighborhood populations. during this nexus of nation strength and private impression, those imperial directors performed a very important function in representing the country as a hegemonic energy; developing patronage and kinfolk connections among Venetian patricians and their matters; and utilizing the judicial approach to barter a stability among neighborhood and imperial interests.In explaining the associations and participants that accepted this sort of negotiation, O'Connell bargains a old instance of an early glossy empire on the peak of imperial growth. (April 2010)

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68 In many cases, the first step in establishing Venetian administration was to determine what those local statutes and customs were. 70 In the case of Durazzo, Venice confirmed the city’s statutes in August 1392, but the statutes themselves had been hidden, apparently in fear of the Thopias, and it was not until several months later The Shape of Empire 33 that they were rediscovered in the library of the Franciscan monastery. At that point, Venice ordered a referendum among the “good men” of Durazzo to see if they wanted to be ruled by the statutes of Venice or these newly discovered statutes.

7 While the nature of the election registers themselves do not allow definitive answers to the questions of how many offices there were at any given time in Venice or precisely how many patricians served in those offices, the databank does allow us to approach those questions with more precision than was previously possible. 1 Offices outside Venice, 1349–1540 Date 1349–1353 1362–1367 1383–1387 1400 1437 1493 1540 Maritime Mainland Total 104 75 77 71 109 138 117 12 14 3 16 61 113 78 116 89 80 87 170 251 195 Sources: The figures for 1349–1387 are based on SegV registers 1–3; those for 1400–1540 are taken from Zannini, 438, 459–63.

28 When Carlo III of Anjou-Naples, the island’s ruler, died in 1386, some Corfiotes swore allegiance to Carlo’s young son Ladislas, while others turned to Francesco da Carrara of Padova, who sent Giacomo degli Scrovegni and some Genoese troops to occupy the town’s fortress. Venice acted quickly and dispatched Giovanni Miani with two galleys to the island. 29 The Corfiotes apparently agreed, and in May the flag of San Marco was raised over the city. After Venetian troops expelled Scrovegni and the Genoese, representatives from Corfu negotiated a treaty of submission to Venice, and in January of the following year Venice approved the customs and statutes of the island, affirming the landholders’ traditional privileges, their rights to hold office on the island, and the continued existence of their communal council.

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