The Economy of Renaissance Florence

The Economy of Renaissance Florence

by Richard A. Goldthwaite
     
 

Winner, Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize, the Renaissance Society of America

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

Honorable Mention, Economics, PROSE Awards, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

Richard A. Goldthwaite, a leading economic historian of the Italian Renaissance, has spent his

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Winner, Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize, the Renaissance Society of America

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

Honorable Mention, Economics, PROSE Awards, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers

Richard A. Goldthwaite, a leading economic historian of the Italian Renaissance, has spent his career studying the Florentine economy. In this magisterial work, Goldthwaite brings together a lifetime of research and insight on the subject, clarifying and explaining the complex workings of Florence’s commercial, banking, and artisan sectors.

While political, social, and cultural histories of Florence abound, none focuses solely on the economic history of the city. The Economy of Renaissance Florence offers both a systematic description of the city's major economic activities and a comprehensive overview of its economic development from the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance to 1600.

"Renaissance Florence has no more able defender in recent times than Professor Richard Goldthwaite."— Washington Post Book World

"Richard Goldthwaite has served a long apprenticeship. As a dedicated student of the economy of Florence between the 13th and 16th centuries, he has published studies of the city's buildings and banks, its private wealth and the demand for its art. Now he has stood back and produced a magisterial history which brings all the strands of the story together and becomes, among its other virtues, a persuasive account of early capitalism."— The Economist

"This book marks a crowning achievement of a distinguished academic career, and it achieves both authority in its exposition and modesty in its tone. An essential read for scholars interested in the study of Florence, and historical economics."— H-Italy, H-Net Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421400594
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/26/2011
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
923,733
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction The commercial revolution 3

1 The network 37

2 The shifting geography of commerce 126

3 Banking and finance 203

4 The textile industries 265

5 Artisans, shopkeepers, workers 341

6 Banking and credit 408

7 Contexts 484

Conclusion 583

App Changing values of the florin 609

Index 615

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