Urban Elites of Zadar

Dalmatia and the Venetian Commonwealth (1540-1569)

Stephan Karl Sander-Faes
Collana: I libri di Viella, 155
Pubblicazione: Luglio 2013
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This book examines economic, geographical, and social mobility in the early modern Adriatic by focusing on the urban elites of Zadar during the crucial decades between the naval battles of Preveza (1538) and Lepanto (1571). The city, then known as Zara, was the nominal capital of Venice’s possessions in the Adriatic, and was a major hub for commerce, communication, and exchange.

This case study aims at three aspects of everyday life along the frontiers of Latin Christianity during the apogee of Ottoman dominance in the Mediterranean. First, it analyses early modern communication, network density, and the protagonists’ interactions in the Adriatic. This analysis is based, for the first time, on procura contracts, resulting in a more nuanced picture of Venetian dominion. Next, it examines Zadar’s property markets in an investigation of the economic developments in Dalmatia during the sixteenth century. The third part focuses on the streets of Zadar and the interaction of its diverse inhabitants – nobles, citizens, residents, and foreigners alike.

This book also uses a new conceptual approach of a Venetian Commonwealth, an entity based not only on hard power, allegiance, and domination, but also on cultural diffusion, shared knowledge, and collective experiences that shaped everyday life in all of Venice’s possessions. Sixteenth-century Zadar serves as an example of such a Venetian Commonwealth that encompassed the city itself, allowed for the inclusion of all neighbouring communities, and fit into the larger framework of the Republic of Venice.

  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Note on Names and Dates
  • Preface. New Perspectives for an Important Adriatic Center, by Gherardo Ortalli and Bernd Roeck (p. 11-13)
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Setting
    • 1. Venice’s Maritime State (1358-1570). 2. Administration. 3. Economy. 4. The Adriatic Context. 5. “Zara è metropoli et chiave”. 6. Zadar under Venetian Rule (1409-1570).
  • 2. Zadar’s Society: Geographical Distribution and Social and Occupational Fault Lines
    • 1. Zadar as Communication Centre. 2. Trans-Adriatic Networks in the Sixteenth Century. 3. Procuratorial Networking. 4. Economic, Legal, and Social Incentives. 5. Secular and Ecclesiastical Elites. 6. Intellectual Elites. 7. Ecclesiastical Activities.
  • 3. Actors: Political, Ecclesiastical, and Economic Elites
    • 1. Political Elites: Venetians and the Local Nobility. 2. Ecclesiastical Elites: Convents, Hospitals, and Monasteries. 3. Economic Elites: Actors and Commodities.
  • 4. Case Study: Zadar’s Interwar Property Markets
    • 1. Property Sales. 2. Planting Concessions/Land Grants. 3. Rental and Leasehold Contracts.
  • 5. Urban Elites and Everyday Life
    • 1. Zadar’s Urban Nobility. 2. Geographical and Social Mobility. 3. Material Culture.
  • 6. Urban Elite Groups and Zadar’s Urban Landscape
    • 1. Venetians. 2. Non-Noble Elites. 3. Croats and Jews. 4. The Cityscape.
  • Conclusion
    • Appendix
      Glossary
      Units of Measurement
      List of Toponyms in Zadar’s Jurisdiction
      Maps
      Sample Transcripts
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Gherardo Ortalli

Gherardo Ortalli insegna Storia medievale presso l’Università di Venezia.

Stephan Karl Sander-Faes

Stephan Karl Sander-Faes is Assistant Professor in history at the Universität Zürich, Switzerland. His research focuses on the Venetian Adriatic with an emphasis on the social and economic fabric of Dalmatian urban elites in the 16th century.

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