Venice and Amsterdam / Edition 2

Venice and Amsterdam / Edition 2

by Peter Burke
     
 

Venice and Amsterdam is a work of comparative history which examines the elites or ruling groups of two major cities in early modern Europe. By describing these elites and their similarities and differences, Burke is able to illuminate the societies which gave rise to them and to analyze some of the broader changes which were taking place in the course of

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Venice and Amsterdam is a work of comparative history which examines the elites or ruling groups of two major cities in early modern Europe. By describing these elites and their similarities and differences, Burke is able to illuminate the societies which gave rise to them and to analyze some of the broader changes which were taking place in the course of the seventeenth century.

Focusing on the lives of 563 individuals - the procuratori di San Marco in Venice and the aldermen and burgomasters of Amsterdam - Burke examines the ways in which the elites recruited themselves, their wealth and their power; he describes their life-styles, their attitudes and values, and their tastes in the arts; and he analyzes their training from childhood via school and possibly university to their political apprenticeship. The lives of these elite individuals are related to changes which were taking place in Venice and Amsterdam and in the wider societies of which these cities were part.

An attempt to write 'total history' on a small scale, Venice and Amsterdam is an exemplary study in comparative history. The text has been thoroughly revised and updated for this new edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745613246
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
2nd ed
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Second Edition
Abbreviations
1The Study of Elites1
2Structure11
3Political Functions32
4Economic Base52
5Style of Life71
6Training84
7Attitudes and Values94
8Patronage of the Arts111
9From Entrepreneurs to Rentiers125
Appendix: The Investments of the Amsterdam Elite140
Bibliography142
Index162

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