June 6, 2014

Why Aren't There City-States Anymore?

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

From the eighth to the 18th century, one of the most powerful countries in the world wasn’t a country at all. The autonomous city-state of Venice commanded a vast economic and military empire that at its height in the 15th century reached as far east as Cyprus. (The artist El Greco, for instance, wasn’t actually Greek by geography or nationality. He was born on Crete at a time when it was under Venetian rule.)

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