Communes and Despots in Medieval and Renaissance Italy by John E. Law

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Building on important issues highlighted by the late Philip Jones, this volume explores key aspects of the city state in late-medieval and Renaissance Italy, particularly the nature and quality of different types of government. It focuses on the apparently antithetical but often similar governmental forms represented by the republics and despotisms of the period. Beginning with a reprint of Jones's original 1965 article, the volume then provides twenty new essays that re-examine the issues he raised in light of modern scholarship. Taking a broad chronological and geographic approach, the collection offers a timely re-evaluation of a question of perennial interest to urban and political historians, as well as those with an interest in medieval and Renaissance Italy.

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John E. Law is Reader in the Department of History at Swansea University, UK. Bernadette Paton is a senior editor at Oxford University Press, UK.
Published October 28, 2010 by Routledge. 376 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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For some considerable time, therefore, ‘[n]ot only did the name and corporate notion of the commune survive, the communal constitution also persisted, with its magistrates and councils, through which, with varying degrees of freedom, the subordinate community continued to elect officials, enact l...

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