Good Government in Spanish Naples

Good Government in Spanish Naples

by Antonio Calabria, John A. Marino
     
 

Good Government in Spanish Naples provides a narrative historical overview which links six essays from the latest research of prominent scholars in the rich, contemporary school of Neapolitan historiography. The essays examine the political and administrative structure of the Kingdom of Naples, problems of agricultural production and demographic rationale in

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Good Government in Spanish Naples provides a narrative historical overview which links six essays from the latest research of prominent scholars in the rich, contemporary school of Neapolitan historiography. The essays examine the political and administrative structure of the Kingdom of Naples, problems of agricultural production and demographic rationale in the countryside, and social welfare and fiscal manipulation in the capital that lead to the 1647 Masaniello revolt. The riches of Neapolitan culture and the crisis and catastrophe of its politics initiates us into the reasons for the decline of the Italian South and Italy as a whole after the Renaissance. Naples emerges not as a decadent, «refeudalized» state, but as a test case for understanding the limits of the early modern state in managing conflict and moderating crises.

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From the Publisher
«This is an important contribution to early-modern European studies, a valuable corrective to a historical perspective too often dominated by Florentine and Venetian studies, and an often idealized republican liberty.» (Archives)
«The essays presented here thus examine the early modern state under tremendous strain, and they cast useful light on the possibilities and the limitations of the state as an institution. This intelligent collection of essays should hold considerable interest for scholars interested in the problems and dynamics of state building in early modern Europe.» (Jerry H. Bentley, The Sixteenth Century Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820409290
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1989
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 9: History, #71
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

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