Are comparison questions acceptable?
More specifically, I wanted to ask how one would compare the Dutch and Venetian Republics during their zeniths - both were non-monarchical, both thrived on international maritime trade, both loved arts and invested a lot in it, both had a lot of canals in their capitals :)
One dimension of the difference is that Venice was mostly hedonistic, valued the display of wealth, whereas Dutch culture favoured modesty. Not sure how to phrase it though.
What of the following is acceptable?
- What are the main differences between the two republics?
- How does the economic power of the two republics compare?
- What are the main differences between the cultures of the two republics?
What is the most general (but still acceptable) framing?