Since emerging as a settlement in the seventh century, Dubrovnik held a significant position beyond what could have been expected of this tiny city-state.
Its merchants, trading throughout the huge Ottoman Empire, enjoyed privileges denied to other Western states.
A politically skilled and commercially enterprising ruling class took every opportunity to maximise the Republic's wealth.
Dubrovnik also faced the extreme dangers posed by Venetian aggressors, Ottoman plotters, a terrible earthquake in 1667 and, finally, the will of Napoleon.
In 1991-92, the city survived the besieging Yugoslav army, which heavily damaged but did not destroy Dubrovnik's cultural heritage.
This book is a comprehensive history of Dubrovnik's progress over twelve centuries of European development, encompassing arts, architecture, social and economic changes and the traumas of war and politics.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 504 pages, 52 colour plates
- Publisher: Saqi Books
- Publication Date: 31/01/2006
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780863569593