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Venice: A History



Rarely in history has a great city arisen in a less likely place than the islands and mud flats of the Venetian lagoon. But they provided the city’s founders with a refuge from the barbarians who had invaded their mainland homes.

With energy and ingenuity, these displaced people created a maritime empire of unequaled splendor. At its height, the Republic of Venice was said to encompass “one quarter and one half of one quarter” of the known world. During those years, its merchant princess…

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