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Lesson for Singapore: concentration of power in a few led to Venice’s downfall

There are lessons to be learned from the rise and decline of Venice as the foremost naval and economic power in the Mediterranean between the early 12th and late 18th century but which are the pertinent ones for Singaporeans? I can think of at least two. First, Venice rose to become a great maritime empire (Stato da Mar in the Venetian dialect) because it gave its citizens a say in their governance and a chance to share in its growing prosperity. In 1171, the powers of the Doge,...

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