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Venetians in Constantinople

Eric R. Dursteler

  

 

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Nation, Identity, and Coexistence in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Moving Beyond the "clash of civilizations" model that surveys the relationship between Islam and Christianity from a geopolitical perch, historian Eric R. Dursteler focuses  on a localized microcosm: the Venetian merchant and diplomatic community in Muslim Constantinople. Although dissonance and strife were certainly part of this realtionship, he argues, coexistence and cooperation were more common.

 

While such factors as religion, culture, and political status could be integral elements in constructions of self and community, Dursteler finds that the fluidity and malleability of identity in the early modern world made coexistence among disparate cultures possible.

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