About this book
A new history of Venice from the author of "The Medici", which looks at the lives of the famous individuals of the city to try to define its character. The Republic of Venice was the first great economic and naval power of the modern Western world, and this looks at its character from the late 13th century to the end of the 18th century.
The Republic of Venice was the first great economic and naval power of modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency against its bitter Genoese rivals in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and a trading empire. This title defines the character of Republic during these illustrious years.