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The Adriatic Territory

Historical overview, landscape geography, economic, legal and artistic aspects

Edited By Giuseppe de Vergottini, Valeria Piergigli and Ivan Russo

This volume presents a multidisciplinary overview of the factors of integration between the two shores of the Adriatic sea. The research promoted by the "Coordinamento Adriatico" is dedicated to a range of problems chronologically anchored to modernity and contemporaneity. The study focuses on the situation of the upper Adriatic with particular attention to the intellectual, political, economic, institutional, legal, administrative and artistic expressions of life.

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The Imperial Sea. Serenissima, the Ottoman Empire and the transformation of the Adriatic space (1453–1503) (Gastone Breccia)


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Gastone Breccia

The Imperial Sea. Serenissima, the Ottoman Empire and the transformation of the Adriatic space (1453–1503)

Abstract. The fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II Fatih (May 29, 1453), albeit hardly a surprise, sent waves of shock and consternation throughout Christian Europe. In the following pages I will try to reconsider the Venetian strategic response to this new reality: how Serenissima struggled to weave the threads of war and peace, to safeguard the sea routes to Alexandria and Beirut and the desperate defense of a few key strongholds in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Padec Konstantinopla in vzpon otomanskega sultana Mehmeta II Fatiha na oblast (29. maja 1453) nista nastopila povsem nepričakovano, pa vendar sta povzročila prepadenost in osuplost po vsej krščanski Evropi. Beneška republika Serenissima se je znova znašla v prvi bojni črti in se pri tem dobro zavedala bližajoče se nevihte, ki je predstavljala smrtno grožnjo ne le za njeno blagostanje, temveč tudi za samo preživetje njenih posesti na vzhodu.

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