Human Nature in Rural Tuscany: An Early Modern History

Human Nature in Rural Tuscany: An Early Modern History

by Gregory Hanlon
     
 

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Melding evolutionary theory and both animal and human ethology together with close, descriptive historical research on a typical Tuscan village in the seventeenth century, Hanlon explains the good reasons individuals had for behaving in ways that now seem strange to us. This fascinating study springs from the conviction that the building blocks of human

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Melding evolutionary theory and both animal and human ethology together with close, descriptive historical research on a typical Tuscan village in the seventeenth century, Hanlon explains the good reasons individuals had for behaving in ways that now seem strange to us. This fascinating study springs from the conviction that the building blocks of human life are universal: hierarchy and political participation; co-operation and competition, reproduction, invention, and adaptation. The author argues, however, that individual emotions, thought processes, and social predicaments are always set in specific times and places. 

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“An unusually rich cache of documents covering a period of fifty to sixty years in the later seventeenth century allows Hanlon to undertake an extraordinarily detailed analysis. His technique is unparalleled in English-language studies of early modern Italy, and by comparing communal, criminal, notarial, confraternal, and economic records, Hanlon is able to trace the complex social relations of myriad individuals who would normally enter the historical narrative more as the subject of anecdote than of analysis.”—American Historical Review
 

“Well-written.”—Journal of Social History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403977649
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Series:
Italian and Italian American Studies Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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