What is it about?

This article focuses on the diplomatic negotiations between the Republic of Genoa and the Ottoman Empire in the mid-sixteenth century with specific emphasis on the factors and motivations that led the Genoese to consider shifting their alliance from the Habsburgs to the Ottomans at a time when imperial rivalry over the Mediterranean was escalating.

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Why is it important?

There are very few studies that discuss the reasons behind this diplomatic endeavor and detail the course of the negotiation process. By bringing the Ottoman context into the picture, this article evaluates the entire process from a multifaceted perspective.


This article not only sheds light on the factors underlying the Genoese-Ottoman rapprochement but also provides insight into the strategies and machinations that a small state used to survive. Therefore, I believe it is a significant contribution to the literature on early modern Mediterranean.

F. Özden Mercan

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This page is a summary of: A Struggle for Survival: Genoese Diplomacy with the Sublime Porte in the Face of Spanish and French Opposition, Journal of Early Modern History, November 2019, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15700658-12342649.
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