Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434by Samuel K. Cohn, Jr, Jr. Cohn, Samuel K. Cohn Jr
Pub. Date: 12/28/2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book takes a new approach to the political history of the Italian Renaissance. It examines the Florentine state from its mountainous periphery, where Florence met its most strenuous opposition to territorial incorporation. From a tributary state, which treated its surrounding countryside as little more than a tax reservoir and a buffer against foreign invaders, Florence began to see its own self-interest as intertwined with that of its region and its rural subjects--a change brought about by widespread and successful peasant uprisings, hitherto unrecorded by historians.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; Part I. Culture, Demography, and Fiscality: 1. Networks of culture and the mountains; 2. Mountain civilization and fiscality, 1393; 3. Fiscality and change, 1355–1487; Part II. Peasant Protest in the Mountains: Three Views: 4. Peasant insurrection in the mountains: the chroniclers' view; 5. Peasant insurrection in the mountains as seen in the criminal records; 6. Rebellion as seen from the provvisioni; Part III. Governmental Clemency and the Hinterland: 7. Florentine peasant petitions: an institutional perspective; 8. The reasons for assistance; 9. What the peasants won; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography.
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