Mediterranean Urban Culture, 1400-1700

Edited by Alexander Cowan

Mediterranean Urban Culture, 1400-1700
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Edited by Alexander Cowan

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288 pages | illustrations | 9-3/5 x 6-2/5
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780859895781 Published January 2000 For sale in North and South America only
Was there a distinctive Mediterranean urban culture in the early modern period? In this collection, a team of international scholars from a wide range of disciplines use a variety of approaches - literary, art-historical, cultural, social and economic - to demonstrate both the range of collective urban experience in the Mediterranean and the complexity of the nature of urban culture at that time.
The book, after an Introduction by the editor, is divided into three sections: neighbours and neighbourhoods; religion, ethnicity and minority groups; culture, politics and society. The coherence of the collection sets up resonances and comparisons which confirm a considerable unity in the concept of Mediterranean urban culture in its broadest sense.
Urban History
“this is a useful collection of discrete essays in which almost everyone has something new to say which will be of interest to readers of this journal.” –Urban History, Vol. 28:3, 2001
Part 1 
Neighbours and neighbourhoods: the myth of the Mediterranean city - perceptions of sociability
    James Amelang
Neighbourhoods and local loyalties in Renaissance Venice
    Joseph Wheeler 

Part 2 
Religion, ethnicity and minority groups: foreigners and the city - the case of the immigrant merchant
  Alexander Cowan
The Jews and the city in the Mediterranean area
    Donatella Calabi
The culture of the street - the Calle de la Feria in Cordoba, 1470-1520 
    John Edwards
Between heresy and free thought, between the Mediterranean and the North - heterodox women in 17th century Venice
    Federica Ambrosini

Part 3 
On the margins: the cities of Puglia in the 15th and 16th centuries - their economy and society
    Eleni Sakellariou
Economic conditions in Thessaloniki between the two Ottoman occupations
    Alan Harvey
Venetian Modon and its port (1358-1500)
    Ruth Gertwagen

Part 4 
Cultural representations: the port towns of the Levant in 16th-century travel literature
    Benjamin Arbel
The cultural dynamics of representational space in Venetian Renaissance painting
    Tom Nichols
"As much for its culture as for its aims" - the cultural relations of Venice and its dependant cities, 1400-1700 
    Nicholas Davidson
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