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18 Chapter One research

by David Joshua Malkiel
18 Chapter One research was also undertaken, including a systematic review of the Cattaveri registers for the Libro Grande  years, as well as perusal of the archives of other magistracies. 25 Naturally, our presentation has a place amidst purely Venetian historiography. The material on Venetian  Jewish sumptuary practices sheds light on Venetian social mores. 2 6  More important, study of the ways in which the Jews set up and administered their corporation contributes to research on Venetian scuole and guilds, and on republican politics, because the Venetian Jewish community was one among hundreds of corporate bodies recognized by the republic. 2 7  All these organizations faced the challenge of corporate engineering, namely the need to design an efficient institution, but one in which authority was carefully allocated among the populations various subgroups. The Libro Grande affair has particular significance for Venetian historiography, because it adds a new dimension to the  sea of scholarship on the famous Venetian interdict of 1606.2 8 The  Libro Grande affair reflects the problem of the states attitude to sovereignty, as much as it reflects the problem of the communitys attitude to the state. The Venetian governments sensitivity to the threat of lèse majesté, although the Jewish community was obviously incapable of overthrowing the republic, is understandable when viewed against the background of the interdict. Thus the governments zeal for its own sovereignty during the Libro Grande affair was a reflection or ripple of the struggle with Rome. 25 Notarial records were left for future  study. 26 Muir, Civic; Mazzarotto, Le Feste. 27 Pulían, Rich; Mackenney, Trade Guilds;  Finlay, Politics. Older works on Venice, by Molmenti, Sandi, Galliccioli, and others were also consulted, as were the official Venetian histories of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Morosinis Via della fede was particularly enlightening, because of the authors Venetian- Jewish origin and his proximity to the Libro Grande period. Finally, accounts of European travellers during our period, by Coryat, Moryson and others, provided characterizations  and observations of Venetian society, general and Jewish. 28 The seminal works by Bouwsma  and Cozzi, cited in chapter two, were particularly instructive. Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t t t t

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18 Chapter One research was also undertaken, including a systematic review of the Cattaveri registers for the Libro Grande years, as well as perusal of the archives of other magistracies. 25 Naturally, our presentation has a place amidst purely Venetian historiography. The material on Venetian Jewish sumptuary practices sheds light on Venetian social mores. 2 6 More important, study of the ways in which the Jews set up and administered their corporation contributes to research on Venetian scuole and guilds, and on republican politics, because the Venetian Jewish community was one among hundreds of corporate bodies recognized by the republic. 2 7 All these organizations faced the challenge of corporate engineering, namely the need to design an efficient institution, but one in which authority was carefully allocated among the population's various subgroups. The Libro Grande affair has particular significance for Venetian historiography, because it adds a new dimension to the sea of scholarship on the famous Venetian interdict of 1606.2 8 The Libro Grande affair reflects the problem of the state's attitude to sovereignty, as much as it reflects the problem of the community's attitude to the state. The Venetian government's sensitivity to the threat of lèse majesté, although the Jewish community was obviously incapable of overthrowing the republic, is understandable when viewed against the background of the interdict. Thus the government's zeal for its own sovereignty during the Libro Grande affair was a reflection or ripple of the struggle with Rome. 25 Notarial records were left for future study. 26 Muir, Civic; Mazzarotto, Le Feste. 27 Pulían, Rich; Mackenney, Trade Guilds; Finlay, Politics. Older works on Venice, by Molmenti, Sandi, Galliccioli, and others were also consulted, as were the official Venetian histories of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Morosini's Via della fede was particularly enlightening, because of the author's Venetian- Jewish origin and his proximity to the Libro Grande period. Finally, accounts of European travellers during our period, by Coryat, Moryson and others, provided characterizations and observations of Venetian society, general and Jewish. 28 The seminal works by Bouwsma and Cozzi, cited in chapter two, were particularly instructive. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index t t t t
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