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The Italian City-State : From Commune to Signoria - Philip Jones

The Italian City-State

From Commune to Signoria

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1997
ISBN: 9780198225850
Number Of Pages: 712

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Italy in the Middle Ages was unique among the countries of Europe in recreating, in a changed environment, the urban civilization of antiquity - the society, culture, and political formations of city-states. This book examines the origins and nature of this phenomenon from the fall of Rome to the eve of its consummation, the Italian Renaissance. The explanation is sought in Italy's singular `double existence' between two contrasted worlds - ancient and medieval. The ancient was characterised by the total predominance of the landed aristocracy in economy and society, enforced through a peculiar system of city states embracing town and country. The new medieval influences were marked by the separation of town, country and aristocracy, by the identification of towns with trade and a mercantile bourgeoisie, and by commercial and proto-industrial revolution. Italy shared in both worlds. It remained a land of cities and of an urbanized ruling class (except in the Norman South) and re-established territorial city states; but the staes were very different from those of antiquity, the city leaders in the commercial revolution, and Italy itself seen as a nation of shopkeepers, birthplace of capitalism. In this fascinating and ground-breaking study, Philip Jones traces in detail the tension and interaction between the two traditions, civic and patrician, mercantile and bourgeois, through all phases of Italian life to their culmination in two rival regimes of communes and despots.

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`the most impressive book on the subject in any language - no modest accomplishment in an industry which attracts keen international interest and teams of foreign scholars' Times Literary Supplement `This remarkable study of Italy before the Renaissance is the rich fruit of a lifetime's scholarship.' Richard MacKenney, Economic History Review

Renaissances and Revolutions: Europe and Italy between Antiquity and Middle Agesp. 1
From Civitas to Commune, 500-1100p. 55
From Commune to Signoria, 1100-1300: I. Commercial Revolution, Trends and Counter-trendsp. 152
From Commune to Signoria: II. Political Revolution, Crisis and Reactionp. 333
Bibliographyp. 651
Indexp. 675
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ISBN: 9780198225850
ISBN-10: 0198225857
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 712
Published: 1st March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.22