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Age, Marriage, and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Ragusa : Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - David Rheubottom

Age, Marriage, and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Ragusa

Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780198234128
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book combines the interdisciplinary insights of history, anthropology, and computing to examine the interrelationships between politics, kinship, and marriage in a late-medieval city-state. At the heart of the study is a reconsideration of 'office' and the ways in which ties of kinship and marriage were mobilized to build electoral success. In fifteenth-century Ragusa (present-day Dubrovnik) membership of the Great Council, which nominated and elected office-holders, was restricted to the legitimate male offspring of patrician brides and grooms. The patrician class was highly endogamous, and the relationship between endogamy and electoral support is an important theme running through this book. A related theme concerns the age differences between spouses, which are shown to have important structural implications for the organization of the casata, kinship relations, and marriage ties. These implications are investigated using a variety of innovative methods, including cohort analysis and computer simulation.

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... combines the interdisciplinary insights of history, anthropology, and computing to examine the interrelation between politics, kinship, and marriage in a late-medieval city-state ... using a variety of innovative methods, including cohort analysis and computer simulation. Human Evolution Based on comprehensive analysis of archival data ... A rich and detailed picture of the genealogical connections and social characteristics of the ruling elite emerges from the analyses. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Introduction Ragusa: Trade and Territory Ragusan Government and the Quest for Offices The Casata Casata Unity: Size and Political Muscle Betrothal Order, Dowry, and the `Sisters First' Principle The Casata, Genealogical Skewing, and Political Support Changes in the Great Council and Political Competition Bureaucracy and Office Conclusion

ISBN: 9780198234128
ISBN-10: 0198234120
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.51

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