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Monique Elaine O'Connell
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC 27109-6000)
Empire in the Balance: The Venetian Maritime State in the Early Modern Mediterranean

I am requesting support to visit archives in Croatia and Greece to complete a stage in my larger project, which explains how Venice managed to rule over a physically and culturally fragmented Mediterranean empire. I argue that part of the explanation for Venetian success is the operation of its judicial system. Judicial proceedings, combined with the possibility of multiple appeals, offered an open-ended method of conflict resolution and negotiation with subjects. The records in Zadar and Corfu provide an invaluable perspective on how subjects negotiated within the parameters of Venetian power. More widely, my project contributes a historical dimension to the renewed interest in studies on empire.

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Project fields:
History, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 8/31/2005