Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

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Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe by Nicholas Eckstein

This volume advances our knowledge of continuing trends over the longue duree of European history. It also exposes many differences separating contemporaries from their medieval and early modern ancestors. In putting the concept of social capital to the test, the authors also expose the strengths, weaknesses, and limits of the 'Putnam thesis'. The essays address fourteenth-century English fears of old-age neglect; childhood, friendship, scandal, and rivalry in Renaissance Florence; rebellion in an Italian village; social capital and seigneurial power in southern and north-central Italy; guild violence in Calvinist Ghent; civil society in early-modern Bologna, Naples and the Papal State; gender in High Renaissance Rome; and critical analyses of the transition from religious to secular sensibilities that scholars (following Jurgen Habermas) have identified in eighteenth-century Europe. In each case, the topic is considered in relation to recent theories of 'social capital': the informal, intangible bonds of trust upon which, social scientist Robert Putnam argues, every human community depends. The result is a series of highly original case-studies which reveal the workings of late medieval and early modern European society from new and often unexpected angles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503524733
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2009
Series: Early European Research Series , #1
Pages: 333
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Sociability and its Discontents Nicholas Terpstra Nicholas A. Eckstein 1

I Negotiating Civil and Social Disorder

Communal Thought, Communal Words, and Communal Rites in a Sixteenth-Century Village Rebellion Thomas Cohen 23

Social and Legal Capital in Vendetta: A Fifteenth-Century Florentine Feud in and out of Court Thomas Kuehn 51

Jousting Alone: Scandal as Social Capital in Renaissance Florence Nerida Newbigin 73

Speaking Up for the Aged: Thomas Hoccleve and The Regiment of Princes Anne M. Scott 87

II Networks in Operation

Pittori, amici e vicini: The Formal and Informal Bonds of Community amongst Florentine Artists Nicholas A. Eckstein 109

Paolo Uccello and the Confraternity of Saint Peter Martyr: Themes of Reciprocal Obligation in Life and Art Hugh Hudson 129

To Trust Is Good, but Not to Trust Is Better: An Aristocratic Woman in Search of Social Capital in Seventeenth-Century Rome Caroline Castiglione 149

III Unexpected Civility

Signorial Power in Aragonese Southern Italy David Abulafia 173

Solidarity in Spanish Naples: Fede Pubblica and Fede Privata Revisited John A. Marino 193

In Praise of Refeudalization: Princes and Feudataries in North-Central Italy from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century Gregory Hanlon 213

The Putnam Thesis and Problems of the Early Modern Transition Period Christopher F. Black 227

IV Adaptations and Reconsiderations

Voluntary Associations Reconsidered: Compagnie and Arti in Florentine Politics Mark Jurdjevic 249

A Breakdown of Civic Community? Civic Traditions, Voluntary Associations and the Ghent Calvinist Regime (1577-84) Anne-Laure Van Bruaene 273

'Republics by Contract': Civil Society in the Papal State Nicholas Terpstra 293

From Religious to Secular Sociability: Confraternities and Freemasonry in Eighteenth-Century Paris David Garrioch 313

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