Here are a few recent titles and new editions of earlier publications. You will see that some are REQUIRED for the course.


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Thomas F. Madden. Venice, A New History.  New York: Penguin Books, 2012.



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Benjamin Curtis. A Traveller’s History of Croatia.  Northampton, MA: Interlink Publishing, 2014.



Other titles:


Hale, Sheila. Titian, His Life. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 10.32.50 AM




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Hopkins, Andrew. Baldassare Longhena and Venetian Baroque Architecture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.



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Lane, Frederic C. Venice, A Maritime Republic. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973, 2012.



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Norwich, John Julius, et al. Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture, and Cultural Heritage. London: Frances Lincoln, 2009.



Pertot, Gianfranco. Venice: Extraordinary Maintenance. A history of the restoration, Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 9.47.20 PMconservation,destruction and adulteration of the fabric of the city of Venice from the Fall of the Republic to the present. Photographs by Sarah Quill. London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2004.


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Savoy, Daniel. Venice from the Water: Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.



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Tanner, Marcus. Croatia, A Nation Forged in War. 3rd ed. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.



And just for fun…

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 11.49.28 AMJohn Berendt’s The City of Falling Angels (2000).

“Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.”  From Here’s an interview with the author from


Do you like mysteries? Try one of Donna Leon‘s numerous stories about Venice and her famous (fictional) character, Commissario Guido Brunetti.Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 12.06.03 PM




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If you have read the Percy Jackson books by Rick Reardon, you might be interested to learn that his latest adventures, The House of Hades (published October 2013) take place in Venice and Croatia–they visit some of the very places we’ll be visiting!

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