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Foreign rule?: transnational, national, and local perspectives on Venice and Venetia within the “multinational” empire

Laven, David; Parker, Laura

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Laura Parker



Abstract

The history of the Habsburg Empire in the post-Napoleonic era is frequently approached from the perspective of its various component nationalities. These were traditionally portrayed in the historiography as engaged in more-or-less open struggle with control from Vienna. This article argues that the over-privileging of such national categories can distort the picture. By looking at a number of case studies – the naming of Lombardy-Venetia, the Biblioteca italiana, the Panteon veneto – the relationship between Venice (and its Terraferma) and Habsburg rule during the second Austrian domination is examined. It will be argued that it is more profitable to see Venetian identities (municipal, local, Italian, and as part of a wider transnational European culture) as capable of working for as well as against the empire, and that Habsburg policy was as often concerned with managing potential local rivalries (notably between Lombards and Venetians) as with controlling a perceived Italian threat. It is also suggested that, while cultivation of local identity was often used to reinforce the national, the Austrian authorities were also happy to annex both to further imperial interests.

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Laven, D., & Parker, L. (2014). Foreign rule?: transnational, national, and local perspectives on Venice and Venetia within the “multinational” empire. Modern Italy, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/13532944.2013.871417

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 11, 2013
Publication Date Feb 21, 2014
Deposit Date Jul 27, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 27, 2017
Journal Modern Italy
Print ISSN 1353-2944
Electronic ISSN 1469-9877
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13532944.2013.871417
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44432
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/modern-italy/article/foreign-rule-transnational-national-and-local-perspectives-on-venice-and-venetia-within-the-multinational-empire/60FCDF05336D706F1837117E1E9EDFA4
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article has been published in a revised form in Modern Italy [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13532944.2013.871417]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Association for the study of Modern Italy

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