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The Italian Renaissance State

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Andrea Gamberini, Isabella Lazzarini, Fabrizio Titone, Francesco Senatore, Olivetta Schena, Sandro Carocci, Lorenzo Tanzini, Trevor Dean, Michael Knapton, Federico Del Tredici, Alessandro Barbero, Marco Bellabarba, Christine Shaw, Francesco Somaini, Massimo Della Misericordia, Federica Cengarle, Marco Gentile, E. Igor Mineo, Serena Ferente, Guido Castelnuovo, Gian Maria Varanini, Franco Franceschi, Luca Molà, Giorgio Chittolini, Andrea Zorzi
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107460249

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  • This magisterial study proposes a revised and innovative view of the political history of Renaissance Italy. Drawing on comparative examples from across the peninsula and the kingdoms of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, an international team of leading scholars highlights the complexity and variety of the Italian world from the fourteenth to early sixteenth centuries, surveying the mosaic of kingdoms, principalities, signorie and republics against a backdrop of wider political themes common to all types of state in the period. The authors address the contentious problem of the apparent weakness of the Italian Renaissance political system. By repositioning the Renaissance as a political, rather than simply an artistic and cultural phenomenon, they identify the period as a pivotal moment in the history of the state, in which political languages, practices and tools, together with political and governmental institutions, became vital to the evolution of a modern European political identity.

    • Re-orientates the historiography of the Italian Renaissance to include a new emphasis on politics
    • Presents groundbreaking Italian political history in the English language
    • Situates the political history of Renaissance Italy in the mainstream of contemporary research into the origins of the modern European state
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    "Recommended." -Choice

    "Comprehensive and innovative in its approach, this book should prove a definitive reference for scholars interested in a wide variety of topics related to Italian Renaissance politics." -Robert Policelli, Renaissance Quarterly

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107460249
    • length: 650 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Andrea Gamberini and Isabella Lazzarini
    Part I. The Italian States:
    1. The Kingdom of Sicily Fabrizio Titone
    2. The Kingdom of Naples Francesco Senatore
    3. The Kingdom of Sardinia and Corsica Olivetta Schena
    4. The papal state Sandro Carocci
    5. Tuscan states: Florence and Siena Lorenzo Tanzini
    6. Ferrara and Mantua Trevor Dean
    7. Venice and the Terraferma Michael Knapton
    8. Lombardy under the Visconti and the Sforza Federico Del Tredici
    9. The feudal principalities: the west (Monferrato, Saluzzo, Savoy, Savoy-Acaia) Alessandro Barbero
    10. The feudal principalities: the east (Trent, Bressanone/Brixen, Aquileia, Tyrol and Gorizia) Marco Bellabarba
    11. Genoa, Christine Shaw
    Part II. Themes and Perspectives:
    12. The collapse of city-states and the role of urban centres in the new political geography of Renaissance Italy Francesco Somaini
    13. The rural communities Massimo Della Misericordia
    14. Lordships, fiefs 'small states' Federica Cengarle
    15. Factions and parties: problems and perspectives Marco Gentile
    16. State, orders and social distinction E. Igor Mineo
    17. Women and the state Serena Ferente
    18. Offices and officials Guido Castelnuovo
    19. Public written records Gian Maria Varanini
    20. The language of politics and the process of statebuilding: approaches and interpretations Andrea Gamberini
    21. Renaissance diplomacy Isabella Lazzarini
    22. Regional states and economic development Franco Franceschi and Luca Molà
    23. The papacy and the Italian states Giorgio Chittolini
    24. Justice Andrea Zorzi
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Andrea Gamberini, Università degli Studi di Milano
    Andrea Gamberini is Professore Aggregato of the Social and Economic History of the Middle Ages at the University of Milan.

    Isabella Lazzarini, Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy
    Isabella Lazzarini is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Molise.

    Contributors

    Andrea Gamberini, Isabella Lazzarini, Fabrizio Titone, Francesco Senatore, Olivetta Schena, Sandro Carocci, Lorenzo Tanzini, Trevor Dean, Michael Knapton, Federico Del Tredici, Alessandro Barbero, Marco Bellabarba, Christine Shaw, Francesco Somaini, Massimo Della Misericordia, Federica Cengarle, Marco Gentile, E. Igor Mineo, Serena Ferente, Guido Castelnuovo, Gian Maria Varanini, Franco Franceschi, Luca Molà, Giorgio Chittolini, Andrea Zorzi

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