Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521663373
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 322
  • Lexile: 1820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 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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