Images of the »Turk« in Italy
A History of the »Other« in Early Modern Europe: 1453-1683
Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 236
Klaus Schwarz Verlag
2. unveränd. Edition (2010)
Paperback, 232 pages
2nd unchanged edition in stock
From the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Italians as well as the general European public opinion identified the Turks as the anti-thesis of Europe and everything European civilisation represented. Consequently, the Ottomans were not only threatening and thus diminishing the Venetian commercial presence in Eastern Mediterranean, but were posing a growing threat to the Italian peninsula itself in the 15th century by naval incursions and even military interventions. The Italian sources noticeably reflect the worries and fears caused by this new alien presence in Europe. Considering the lack of a comprehensive work on the Turkish image in Italy, the present work fills the gap, in the absence of much scholarly works on the development, description, as well as political and cultural functions of the Turkish image created in Italy between 1453 and 1683. This period coincides with the apex of power of the Ottoman Empire and its interaction with Europe in general and with Italy in particular, on the political, military and cultural plains.