The Collapse of the Venetian Republic and the Experience of Foreign Domination
This chapter examines the reasons for the fall of the longest-lived republic in history. It stresses that the key was not the decadence or weakness of Venice, but unbridled Napoleonic aggression. It looks at the nature of both Austrian rule from 1798 to 1806, and French control from 1806 to 1813/1814. In particular, it emphasises the deep discontent of Venetians with French domination.
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