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Introduction

G.J. GRÉLOT

in The Travels and Journal of Ambrosio Bembo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249387
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249387.003.0001
Introduction

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It was relatively valuable for Europeans in the Middle Ages and Renaissance to travel to the Middle East, Iran, and India. The Venice that Ambrosio Bembo, an educated observer, knew was a major Mediterranean power, struggling with the Ottomans for empire and control of trade. Its history during the seventeenth century is marked by notable failures, such as the War of Candia, and by equally notable successes, such as the campaigns in Dalmatia and in the Peloponnesos. Venice was reliant upon the Ottoman Empire's domination of the western terminus of overland trade routes from eastern and southern Asia and from eastern Africa. Although Venice was still an important Mediterranean naval power, it was not an active player in their wider game. It did not have the resources or the population to support a significant role beyond the Mediterranean.

Keywords: Renaissance; Venice; Peloponnesos; Mediterranean; Africa

Chapter.  13767 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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