The Italian city-republics

Daniel Waley and Trevor Dean

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.

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  • Introduction1 The legacy of power Economic changes The nascent commune2 The population Status and occupation Growth of the town New categories and class feeling3 Government Origins of the commune Institutions The podesta Other officials Administration Church and state The presuppositions of government Citizenship4 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 nobility5 External relations The role of Empire and Papacy The conduct of diplomacy Military organization Patriotism6 Civic spirit and the visual arts Palaces and piazzas Walls Fountains Church-building Town-planning Painting the city7 Internal divisions Nobles and magnates The Popolo Other private city organizations Guelfs and Ghibellines The ideal of concord8 The failure of the republics Feudal power The triumph of the Signoria9 The historiography of the City-RepublicsNotes and referencesBibliographyHistorical Gazetteer Index

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書名 The Italian city-republics
著作者等 Dean, Trevor
Waley, Daniel Philip
出版元 Longman
刊行年月 2010
版表示 4th ed
ページ数 xxi, 235 p., [8] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781405859004
NCID BB00714052
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス