Venetians In Constantinople: Nation, Identity, And Coexistence In The Early Modern Mediterranean by Eric R DurstelerVenetians In Constantinople: Nation, Identity, And Coexistence In The Early Modern Mediterranean by Eric R Dursteler

Venetians In Constantinople: Nation, Identity, And Coexistence In The Early Modern Mediterranean

byEric R Dursteler

Paperback | September 25, 2008

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Historian Eric R Dursteler reconsiders identity in the early modern world to illuminate Veneto-Ottoman cultural interaction and coexistence, challenging the model of hostile relations and suggesting instead a more complex understanding of the intersection of cultures. Although dissonance and strife were certainly part of this relationship, he argues, coexistence and cooperation were more common.

Moving beyond the "clash of civilizations" model that surveys the relationship between Islam and Christianity from a geopolitical perch, Dursteler analyzes the lived reality by focusing on a localized microcosm: the Venetian merchant and diplomatic community in Muslim Constantinople.

While factors such as religion, culture, and political status could be integral elements in constructions of self and community, Dursteler finds early modern identity to be more than the sum total of its constitutent parts and reveals how the fluidity and malleability of identity in this time and place made coexistence among disparate cultures possible.

Eric R Dursteler is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University.
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Title:Venetians In Constantinople: Nation, Identity, And Coexistence In The Early Modern MediterraneanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:September 25, 2008Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801891051

ISBN - 13:9780801891052

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A rich body of interesting and colorful information... An important contribution to our understanding of the complex Mediterranean world of the early modern period.