The Italian City-State: From Commune to Signoria

The Italian City-State: From Commune to Signoria

by Philip J. Jones, P. J. Jones
     
 

This book studies the history, unique in Europe, of the Renaissance and renascences in medieval Italy: the extraordinary revival, in a profoundly altered economic and social environment, of antique urbanity—the civilization and culture of city states. The paradox arose from a peculiar situation, a "double existence" part ancient, part medieval,

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This book studies the history, unique in Europe, of the Renaissance and renascences in medieval Italy: the extraordinary revival, in a profoundly altered economic and social environment, of antique urbanity—the civilization and culture of city states. The paradox arose from a peculiar situation, a "double existence" part ancient, part medieval, that made Italy a singular combination of both social and cultural renaissance, and economic, capitalist revolution. In this fascinating and groundbreaking study, Philip Jones traces in detail the tension and interaction between the two traditions to their culmination in two rival regimes of communes and despots.

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"This serious work of superb scholarship is by far the best book on the subject of Italian urban history from 500-1300. It is essential reading for all concerned with medieval Italian city-states, indeed, with medieval Italy."—History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198225850
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Pages:
712
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.69(d)

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Brasenose College, Oxford

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