The Venetian government
The Treaty of Campoformio
Which were the causes that led to the end that, in the opinion of someone could be avoided, of the Serenissima?
First of all, the ascent to the throne of Napoleone Bonaparte. At the moment of the Austro-French war, Venice (according to the decision of pursuing a politics of "unarmed neutrality" taken by the Sages of the Council) wasnt able to avail itself of the situation created between the two great powers of the time. All this made sure that, when Napoleon defeated the Austrian and drove them out of Milan, chasing them through the TERRITORY OF THE SERENISSIMA, the found Venice "ready" to be conquered.