The multilayered nature of Dalmatian society in light of key 18th century political processes

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 2-3, 2009

Review article

Dragan Markovina ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia 

pages 219-238

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In Dalmatia the eighteenth century was marked by great territorial expansions of the Venetian authority, with all the consequences of this geopolitical change, and by the reform projects of the Republic which tried to better the government in the old territory and organize a new authority in the hinterland. Along with these two processes, there arose a maritime-trade expansion between Dalmatian ports and the entire Adriatic area. This was the product of the border stabilisation between Dalmatia and Bosnia which came with a long-lasting peace. This economical and political situation allowed for the basic preconditions for reform initiatives and the penetration of Enlightenment ideas into Dalmatian society.


Eighteenth century; acquisto vecchio; acquisto nuovo; maritime-trade relations; organisation of power; reform projects; Grimani`s law; Marco Foscarini