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Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean


TTC - Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean
by Kenneth Bartlett
24 lectures of 30 minutes - mp3

Esteemed Italian history P. Kenneth Bartlett takes you on a riveting tour of the peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome.

This course traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people.

A More Complete Picture of Italian History
P. Bartlett offers something unique with this course: a more comprehensive portrait of Italian history than you'll find nearly anywhere else.

Those with no previous experience with Italian history and culture will find an exciting new world opening to them, and those who have visited Italy will be eager to return.

Through memorable stories and intriguing insights, Professor Bartlett shows how the particular circumstances of each independent state helped forge a distinct cultural character. Here's a sample of the many fascinating facts you'll learn:

Venice was so invested in its local glassmaking industry that its city fathers would send assassins after Venetian citizens who tried to leave the city-state and practice their craft elsewhere.

Merchants from Pisa used earth from Jerusalem as ballast on return voyages from the Crusades. They spread the soil in the city cemetery to ensure that Pisan citizens would be first in line to enter heaven on Judgment Day.

Birthplace to Virgil, the poet of ancient Rome, Mantua was home to the first opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo, as well as the amazing Mannerist palace, the Palazzo Te.

Intriguing stories like these create a rich, diverse portrait of Italy—a grand mosaic of lustrous and storied cultures as distinctive as the people who helped build them.

Course Lecture Titles
1. Italy—A Geographical Expression
2. The Question of Sovereignty
3. The Crusades and Italian Wealth
4. Venice—A Maritime Republic
5. The Terraferma Empire
6. Genoa, La Superba
7. Bankers and Dukes
8. Pisa
9. Christians vs. Turks in the Mediterranean
10. Rome—Papal Authority
11. Papal Ambition
12. Papal Reform
13. Naples—A Matter of Wills
14. Naples and the Threat to Italian Liberty
15. Milan and the Visconti
16. The Sforza Dynasty
17. Mantua and the Gonzaga
18. Urbino and the Montefeltro
19. Ferrara and the Este Family
20. Siena and the Struggle for Liberty
21. Florence and the Guild Republic
22. Florence and the Medici
23. The Italian Mosaic—E Pluribus Gloria
24. Campanilismo—The Italian Sense of Place

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