By E. Natalie Rothman
In Brokering Empire, E. Natalie Rothman explores the intersecting worlds of these who on a regular basis traversed the early glossy Venetian-Ottoman frontier, together with colonial migrants, redeemed slaves, retailers, advertisement agents, non secular converts, and diplomatic interpreters. of their sustained interactions throughout linguistic, spiritual, and political strains those trans-imperial matters helped to form moving imperial and cultural barriers, together with the rising contrast among Europe and the Levant.
Rothman argues that the interval from 1570 to 1670 witnessed a gentle transformation in how Ottoman distinction used to be conceived inside of Venetian associations. thank you partially to the actions of trans-imperial matters, an early emphasis on juridical and advertisement standards gave approach to conceptions of distinction according to faith and language. Rothman starts off her tale in Venice's bustling marketplaces, the place advertisement agents usually defied the state's efforts either to tax overseas retailers and outline Venetian citizenship. the tale maintains in a Venetian charitable establishment the place converts from Islam and Judaism and their Catholic Venetian consumers negotiated their mutual transformation. the tale ends with Venice's diplomatic interpreters, the dragomans, who not just produced and disseminated wisdom concerning the Ottomans but additionally created dense networks of kinship and patronage throughout imperial obstacles. Rothman's new conceptual and empirical framework sheds mild on institutional practices for handling juridical, spiritual, and ethnolinguistic distinction within the Mediterranean and beyond.
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Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul (Lera Research Volume) by E. Natalie Rothman