History of the Republic of Venice (p) (2009/2010)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Federico Barbierato
Federico Barbierato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 22, 2010 al Jun 5, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

1. Main trends in the history of the city and of its dominions (15th-18th centuries). 2. The international political, diplomatic and economic context of Venetian history. 3. The cultural dimension (learned and popular alike), including the role played by Venice as a centre of religious dissent. 4. A comparative approach to the Venetian political system.


• The structure of the Venetian state
• The Venetian patriciate
• Markets and the economy
• The administration of justice
• Society and ways of life (material culture, systems of belief)
• Venice in the international context
• Religion (the Church and popular religion; Inquisition and heresy)
• Publishing and the book trade
• The public sphere and its control (newspapers and gazzette, ridotti and caffè, ambassadors, forbidden books, etc.)
• Culture (arts and sciences, academies, printing, popular culture)
• Leisure (space and times)
• Venice myth and antimyth

Assessment methods and criteria

oral interview