Venice and Amsterdam / Edition 2

Venice and Amsterdam / Edition 2

by Peter Burke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745613241

ISBN-13: 9780745613246

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: Wiley

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 viii

Acknowledgements x

Introduction to the Second Edition xii

Abbreviations xxvi

1 The Study of Elites 1

2 Structure 11

3 Political Functions 32

4 Economic Base

5 Style of Life

6 Training 84

7 Attitudes and Values 94

8 Patronage of the Arts 111

9 From Entrepreneurs to Rentiers 125

Appendix: The Investments of the Amsterdam Elite 140

Bibliography 142

Index 162

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