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Venetians and Greeks

From 1669 to 1714 there was a profound reversal in the Mediterranean policy of the Serenissima, from the loss of Candia  to the occupation of the kingdom of Morea  up to the defence of Corfù . These were the years in which Venice questioned itself regarding possible errors it may have committed in its century-long rule of its Greek subjects. It eventually came up with solutions to re-establish the maritime dominion on a sounder foundation.

The Venetian maritime dominion was not simply made up of defensive ramparts  and military outposts  needed for the protection of commerce, or the defence of what remained of past glories. The relationship between Venetians and locals had aroused reaction and resistance, but also encouraged bonds of loyalty, family ties, and economic and cultural relationships. This long-established everyday routine radically modified the habits of governors and subjects, and influenced, in a new and original way, methods of organising society, running its economy, and administering tax and justice systems. Venetian Provveditori and sea captains , feudal lords and peasants alike were all subjects in this closely-knit system.

Venezia e il mare
Le isole, le fortezze, le difese contro i Turchi
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