Venice and Habsburg Imperial Policy
This chapter looks at the place Venice and its hinterland assumed within broader imperial policy. It examines its role both within Metternich's defensive and diplomatic strategy, and within debates on economic and commercial issues. Underpinning this discussion is a consideration of how the authorities in Vienna viewed Venetians (in the sense of both veneziani and veneti), and how Venetians viewed not only their Austrian rulers, but other neighbours both within and without imperial frontiers. It is stressed that Venetians were more likely to see fellow Italians from Trieste or Lombardy as threatening to their interests than the German-speaking officials who were largely responsible for taking decisions about the region.
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