Venice: Fragile City, 1797-1997

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Yale University Press, 2002 - History - 550 pages
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To the delight of visitors--and sometimes the dismay of residents--Venice is a city that appears to have resisted modernization. Its canals, gondolas, and picturesque buildings seem little changed since the Renaissance. This engrossing and strikingly illustrated book presents a wide-ranging cultural history of the city from 1797 until 1997, and shows how it has in fact changed and adapted and how perceptions of it have shaped its reality.

The book charts Venice's architectural and urban changes, the conservation efforts to protect the city and lagoon against the sea, and the social restructuring of the city, from Napoleon's conquest through the upheavals of the World Wars to the battles against depopulation and the threats posed by the sea, industrial pollution, and mass tourism. Above all, it explores the myths that surround the city--created by writers, artists, architects, musicians, and filmmakers who have come to visit, and by the Venetians themselves--alongside the realities of living and working in a fragile city.
 

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Contents

The Foreign View 2 I
21
The End of the Municipality
35
Prince Eugène de Beauharnais
48
Preservation and Patrimony
61
The Ateneo and the Accademia
74
Darus History of the Republic
87
The Improvements in Venice
106
Risorgimento
134
Le Corbusier
292
New Museums
304
The Impossible Rebuilding 3 II
311
The Biennale Restored
317
Filmed on Location 3 26
326
JeanPaul Sartre
334
Giuseppe Samona and The School of Venice 3 42
345
Responses to the Flood
355

Tourism and the Fashion for Bathing
149
Austria and venezianità
162
Glass and Lace
176
Past and Present Molmenti and Favretto
190
The Fortuny Phenomenon 2 04
204
ViennaVenice
223
19141940
271
Urban Planning 1920s and 1930s
278
The City of Old Men
285
The City That Would Be Modern
389
Redevelopment
430
The Critique of the Tourist
437
Foreign Perceptions
443
From the Present 45 I
451
After Two Hundred Years
457
Photograph Credits
532
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Margaret Plant is professor emeritus of history of art, Monash University, Melbourne.

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