Croatian Radio and Television’s new series takes you back in time to the history of one of the greatest phenomena of Croatian and world history: the Republic of Dubrovnik. This beautiful Croatian city is known throughout the world, but how much do people actually know about its rich history? Showcased in many film and television projects, Dubrovnik has always provided a unique cinematic backdrop. The Republic series offers a new angle, making Dubrovnik its theme and featuring it in the leading role.
The 1st episode entitled Small Among the Great deals with the history of Dubrovnik from the mid-14th century - when Dubrovnik freed itself from Venetian dominion, started living as an independent city-state and soon began using the title of a republic - to the early 19th century, when in the European turmoil caused by the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars the Republic of Dubrovnik ceased to exist as an international entity.
The 2nd episode explores some of the segments of everyday life in the City and the Republic, such as medicine, family, housing, summer homes, but also provides a glimpse into the Late Medieval inns of Dubrovnik. Using mostly the information found in the Republic’s criminal records, this is where we will meet some very colourful characters and their alcohol afflictions, and even peek into the 17th century brothels.
The 3rd episode shows the fascinating sphere of relations with the world around it, particularly focusing on Dubrovnik’s renowned diplomacy, but also the lesser-known fact that Dubrovnik was one of the most important European intelligence hubs in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The 4th episode entitled The System displays the simplicity and efficiency of internal organisation of the state of Dubrovnik. More than half a millennium ago Dubrovnik’s ancients already knew that common interest comes before the individual, that freedom must not be sold for all the treasures in the world and realised all the dangers of a personality cult, consistently implementing all these postulates.
The 5th episode features short biographies of five of Dubrovnik’s notables. We will see the ingenious Ruðer Bošković, who became a member of London’s famed Royal Society, using his brilliant calculations to save from ruin the dome of the church of St Peter in Rome. We will watch the premiere performances of the works of that rebellious bard of Croatian literature, Marin Držić , one of the greatest European Renaissance comedy writers.
The 6th episode will showcase all of Dubrovnik’s major buildings and show the immeasurable richness of Dubrovnik’s material heritage. Few places in the world contain so many significant monuments in such a small area. Viewers will be able to see the ingenious Croatian builder Giorgio da Sebenico overseeing the construction of the imposing Minčeta fort, compared to the Tower of Babylon by the famed Turkish travel writer Evliya Celebi in the 17th century.
British historian Dr Robin Harris, the author of a brilliant book on the history of Dubrovnik, David Abulafia (Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge), Kate Fleet (University of Cambridge), Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter), Dr Stephen Bowd (Old College, University of Edinburgh) and many others
Writer and Director: Božidar Domagoj Burić
Producer: Marija Kosor
Director of Photography: Branko Cahun
Music: Mystic Barbarism