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Popular government and oligarchy in Renaissance Italy [electronic resource] / by Christine Shaw.

By: Shaw, Christine (Italian Renaissance historian).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Medieval Mediterranean: v. 66.Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 332 p.).ISBN: 9789047410621 (electronic bk.); 9047410629 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Local government -- Italy -- History | Oligarchy -- Italy -- History | Italy -- Politics and government -- 1268-1559 | Siena (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 1355-1557 | Electronic books | Administration locale -- Italie -- Histoire | Oligarchie -- Italie -- Histoire | Italie -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1268-1559 | Sienne (Italie) -- Politique et gouvernement | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General | Lokaal bestuur | Stadstaten | Oligarchie | Itali�e | Siena | Politische Elite | Oligarchie | Stadt | Kommunalpolitik | Siena | ItalienGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Popular government and oligarchy in Renaissance Italy.DDC classification: 320.945/5809024 Other classification: 15.70 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Cover13; -- Copyright13; -- Contents13; -- Abbreviations13; -- Preface13; -- Part I -- Chapter One: Popular Government in Siena13; -- Chapter Two: Challenge and Response13; -- Chapter Three: Making the Nobles Unwelcome13; -- Chapter Four: Radical Popular Government and its Discontents13; -- Chapter Five: An Insecure Oligarchy13; -- Chapter Six: Towards a Signoria13; -- Part II13; -- Introduction to Part II13; -- Chapter Seven: Popular Government13; -- Chapter Eight: Oligarchy13; -- Chapter Nine: Striking a Balance13; -- Chapter Ten: Popular Government Under Pressure13; -- Conclusion13; -- Glossary13; -- Archival and Manuscript Sources13; -- Bibliography13; -- Index13.
Summary: This book is an examination of the nature of the governments of towns and cities, great and small, in Renaissance Italy, and of why oligarchic regimes were becoming increasingly prevalent. Themes and questions arising from a case-study of the dramatic changes in the government of fifteenth-century Siena form the basis for the analysis of popular government and oligarchy throughout Italy, from Piedmont and the Veneto to Sicily, and of how they were shaped by social change, institutional developments and external threats and pressures, especially war. In a field dominated by local studies, this comparative approach provides a fresh understanding of the important problem of how and why broadly-based governments were losing ground to oligarchy throughout Italy.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [313]-323) and index.

Cover13; -- Copyright13; -- Contents13; -- Abbreviations13; -- Preface13; -- Part I -- Chapter One: Popular Government in Siena13; -- Chapter Two: Challenge and Response13; -- Chapter Three: Making the Nobles Unwelcome13; -- Chapter Four: Radical Popular Government and its Discontents13; -- Chapter Five: An Insecure Oligarchy13; -- Chapter Six: Towards a Signoria13; -- Part II13; -- Introduction to Part II13; -- Chapter Seven: Popular Government13; -- Chapter Eight: Oligarchy13; -- Chapter Nine: Striking a Balance13; -- Chapter Ten: Popular Government Under Pressure13; -- Conclusion13; -- Glossary13; -- Archival and Manuscript Sources13; -- Bibliography13; -- Index13.

This book is an examination of the nature of the governments of towns and cities, great and small, in Renaissance Italy, and of why oligarchic regimes were becoming increasingly prevalent. Themes and questions arising from a case-study of the dramatic changes in the government of fifteenth-century Siena form the basis for the analysis of popular government and oligarchy throughout Italy, from Piedmont and the Veneto to Sicily, and of how they were shaped by social change, institutional developments and external threats and pressures, especially war. In a field dominated by local studies, this comparative approach provides a fresh understanding of the important problem of how and why broadly-based governments were losing ground to oligarchy throughout Italy.

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