Uncommon dominion : Venetian Crete and the myth of ethnic purity / Sally McKee.

By: McKee, SallyMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksMiddle Ages series: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2000Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 272 p.)ISBN: 9780812203813 (electronic bk.); 081220381X (electronic bk.)Other title: Venetian Crete and the myth of ethnic puritySubject(s): Ethnicity -- Greece -- Crete -- History | Crete (Greece) -- Ethnic relations -- History | Crete (Greece) -- History -- Venetian rule, 1204-1669Additional physical formats: Print version:: Uncommon dominion.DDC classification: 305.8/009495/90902 LOC classification: DF901.C83 | M35 2000Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-259) and index.

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McKee (Univ. of California, Davis) is a historian of medieval Venice whose object of study here is the island of Crete (Candia), ruled by Venice from 1211 to 1669. McKee believes that the use of ethnic criteria (in Crete the distinction between Latin and Greek) as the way to distinguish between those representing the ruling power (i.e., the Latin colonists) and those representing the conquered people (the native Greeks), although important as a preview of the use of ethnic criteria in the Atlantic and New World colonies to distinguish between those who were free and those who were subject to enslavement, nevertheless was based on an invalid assumption that ethnicity is a monolithic standard that does not change over time. To that end, McKee's study of primarily 14th-century colonial Crete demonstrates that such distinguishing characteristics as birth, language, religion, naming patterns, and other cultural traits evolved over time as Latins and Greeks intermarried, became bilingual, tolerated both Greek and Roman churches, had both Latin and Greek ancestors, and essentially created a new society that was neither exclusively Latin nor Greek. In other words, the ethnic terms represented a political criterion, not a racial or cultural one. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. F. Drew; emeritus, Rice University

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Sally McKee is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis.

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