Book Review – ‘Political Economies of Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The decline of Venice and the rise of England 1450–1700’ by Benjamin W. D. Redding

By Benjamin W. D. Redding, published November 2020


England’s emergence as a global maritime power, and the decline of the Venetian Republic, has long been discussed as a single concurrent process. In her latest book Maria Fusaro provides the reader with an innovative and detailed understanding of English activities and general livelihood in the Venetian empire while this transfer of power was taking place. Writing with skill and authority, Political Economies of Empire provides both a series of case studies on hitherto largely unknown residents, and broader political and economic discussions, which together evaluate how the simultaneous development of England’s empire, and decline of Venice’s, transpired.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Medieval | High Middle Ages | Early Modern | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Strategy & Diplomacy

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