- Sep 2017
- United States
The Venetian empire (it can certainly be called that in hindsight, even though I don't believe it was called such a thing at the time) is definitely something I find very interesting as well. When one thinks of Venice, they immediately think of the beautiful lagoon-city and their unique government structure, but rarely do people realise that for centuries this tiny city-state ruled lands as far-flung and diverse as the Balkans, Greece and Crete. It's interesting reading about an empire that was fueled and motivated not by either dynastic shenanigans like the rest of Medieval Europe, or religious propagation like in the Middle East, but simply to make money and protect their trade routes. It's a distinctly proto-modern and secular conception of empire, strange to find it so early in European history.