Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434

Creating the Florentine State: Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434

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Jr Samuel K. Cohn
Cambridge University Press, 12/9/1999
EAN 9780521663373, ISBN10: 0521663377

Hardcover, 324 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

This book offers a comprehensive approach to the study of the political history of the Renaissance: its analysis of government is embedded in the context of geography and social conflict. Instead of the usual institutional history, it examines the Florentine state from the mountainous periphery - a periphery both of geography and class - where Florence met its most strenuous opposition to territorial incorporation. Yet, far from being acted upon, Florence's highlanders were instrumental in changing the attitudes of the Florentine ruling class: the city began to see its own self-interest as intertwined with that of its region and the welfare of its rural subjects at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Contemporaries either remained silent or purposely obscured the reasons for this change, which rested on widespread and successful peasant uprisings across the mountainous periphery of the Florentine state, hitherto unrecorded by historians.

Part I. Culture, Demography, and Fiscality
1. Networks of culture and the mountains
2. Mountain civilization and fiscality, 1393
3. Fiscality and change, 1355–1487
Part II. Peasant Protest in the Mountains
Three Views
4. Peasant insurrection in the mountains
the chroniclers' view
5. Peasant insurrection in the mountains as seen in the criminal records
6. Rebellion as seen from the provvisioni
Part III. Governmental Clemency and the Hinterland
7. Florentine peasant petitions
an institutional perspective
8. The reasons for assistance
9. What the peasants won