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Interpreting Dragomans: Boundaries and Crossings in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Rothman, E. Natalie

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    "description": "<p>Early modern observers rarely failed to comment on the perceived diversity of peoples, customs, and languages of Mediterranean societies. This diversity they sought to capture in travel narratives, costume albums, missionary and diplomatic reports, bilingual dictionaries, and a range of other genres of the \u201ccontact zone.\u201d Modern scholars, too, have celebrated the early modern Mediterranean's ostensibly multiple, diverse, and even \u201cpluralist,\u201d \u201ccosmopolitan,\u201d or \u201cmulticultural\u201d nature. At the same time, in part thanks to the reawakened interest in Braudel's seminal work and in part as a much-needed corrective to the politically current but analytically bankrupt paradigm of \u201cclash of civilizations,\u201d recent studies have also emphasized the region's \u201cshared,\u201d \u201cconnected,\u201d \u201cmixed,\u201d \u201cfluid,\u201d \u201csyncretic,\u201d or \u201chybrid\u201d sociocultural practices. Of course, these two analytical emphases are far from mutually exclusive, as recently underscored by Peregrine Horden and Nicholas Purcell's comprehensive, longue dur\u00e9e model of diversity-in-connectivity. Yet, neither Horden and Purcell's structuralist \u201cnew thalassology,\u201d nor other studies of the early modern Mediterranean have offered a systematic account of how \u201cdiversity\u201d and \u201cconnectivity\u201d as both the flow of social practices and the categories for speaking about them have been articulated through specific institutions and genres.</p>", 
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      "dragomans, diplomacy, Venice, Ottoman Empire, patrimonial households"
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