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Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul

E. Natalie Rothman


This book explores the intersecting worlds of those who regularly traversed the early modern Venetian–Ottoman frontier, including colonial migrants, redeemed slaves, merchants, commercial brokers, religious converts, and diplomatic interpreters. In their sustained interactions across linguistic, religious, and political lines these trans-imperial subjects helped to shape shifting imperial and cultural boundaries, including the emerging distinction between Europe and the Levant. The book argues that the period from 1570 to 1670 witnessed a gradual transformation in how Ottoman difference was co ... More

Keywords: Venetian–Ottoman frontier, colonial migrants, trans-imperial subjects, Venice, Levant, Europe, Venetian institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449079
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Natalie Rothman, author
Associate Professor of History, the University of Toronto