The Italian City Republics / Edition 4

The Italian City Republics / Edition 4

by Daniel Philip Waley, Trevor Dean
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405859008

ISBN-13: 9781405859004

Pub. Date: 02/21/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean illustrate how, from the eleventh century onwards, many dozens of Italian towns achieved independence as political entities, unhindered by any centralising power. Until the fourteenth century, when the regimes of individual ‘tyrants’ took over in most towns, these communes were the scene of a precocious, and very

Overview

Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean illustrate how, from the eleventh century onwards, many dozens of Italian towns achieved independence as political entities, unhindered by any centralising power. Until the fourteenth century, when the regimes of individual ‘tyrants’ took over in most towns, these communes were the scene of a precocious, and very well-documented, experiment in republican self-government.

Focusing on the typical medium-sized towns rather than the better-known cities, the authors draw on a rich variety of contemporary material (both documentary and literary) to portray the world of the communes, illustrating the patriotism and public spirit as well as the equally characteristic factional strife which was to tear them apart. Discussion of the artistic and social lives of the inhabitants shows how these towns were the seed-bed of the cultural achievements of the early Renaissance.

In this fourth edition, Trevor Dean has expanded the book’s treatment of religion, women, housing, architecture and art, to take account of recent trends in the abundant historiography of these topics. A new selection of illuminating images has been included, and the bibliography brought up to date.

Both students and the general reader interested in Italian history, literature and art will find this accessible book a rewarding and fascinating read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405859004
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/21/2010
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,012,206
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The legacy of power

Economic changes

The nascent commune

2 The population

Status and occupation

Growth of the town

New categories and class feeling

3 Government

Origins of the commune

Institutions

The podestà

Other officials

Administration

Church and state

The presuppositions of government

Citizenship

4 Town and country

The contado

Administration of the contado

Immigration from the contado

Tenurial change in the countryside

The liberation of the serfs

The feudal nobility

5 External relations

The role of Empire and Papacy

The conduct of diplomacy

Military organization

Patriotism

6 Civic spirit and the visual arts

Palaces and piazzas

Walls

Fountains

Church-building

Town-planning

Painting the city

7 Internal divisions

Nobles and magnates

The Popolo

Other private city organizations

Guelfs and Ghibellines

The ideal of concord

8 The failure of the republics

Feudal power

The triumph of the Signoria

9 The historiography of the City-Republics

Notes and references

Bibliography

Historical Gazetteer

Index

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