Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States. Venice draws millions of visitors each year, and these lectures shed light on why the city is such a continual source of fascination.
©2010 Thomas F. Madden (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
An amazing book on the history of Venice. Perfect for anyone who wants to visit. I would love if he did this series for several European cities.
I would liked to have heard more about the history of the Jews in Venice because I think that was a little white washed.
Wow! Venice has the most amazing, influential and seedy history, I had no idea. This professor is very good at explaining a fascinating subject. One of my favorites under the Modern Scholar Michael Drout lectures. I wish there was more.
I really enjoyed hearing this college lecture series on the History of Venice. I was very interested in the subject, and this aduiobook helped feed my hunger for stories and details about the amazing city. This book is a great place to start, but follow it with "Venice: Pure City" by Peter Ackroyd -- that is a truly remarkable book about the fascinating history, ancient beauty, and timeless wonder of Venice.
A very superficial old-fashinoned history. This doge did this and that doge did the other. Clearly designed so that you'll "know" what you're seeing on a brief visit to this fascinating city.
Selected chapters would be worth a review. The story of Venice as told in this audiobook has connected the dots of my understanding of European history, the Byzantine Empire, Napoleon, the Ottoman Empire and much much more.
The moment when, faced by the firepower of 18th century naval ships, Venice realised that the lagoon no longer offered the protection that drew the first Venetians so many centuries earlier.
Earnest, engaging, correct.
Easy to listen too yet enough depth and details to make it hard to put on pause. I liked the small details that he manages to add to the otherwise high-level story line.
It was very informative, but listeners should be warned that it is very much like listening to a class lecture.
"Interesting and entertaining"
Recommended; very interesting and clear. Has the advantage of both giving the history of Venice and placing it in the general picture of European history. A BIG minus for the professor's pronounciation of Italian names and placenames, sometimes just annoying, but a lot of the time downright impossible to decifer, especially when dealing with less famous historical characters. And why should it be so difficult for a scholar to learn how to say 'Veneto' properly?? VEneto, not VenIIto. Please! Still, apart from this, nicely read, and very informative.
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