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Popular government and oligarchy in Renaissance Italy.


Popular government and oligarchy in Renaissance Italy.

Shaw, Christine.

Brill Academic Publishers


332 pages




In the towns and cities of Renaissance Italy, says Shaw (history, U. of Cambridge), popular government and oligarchy were not opposites, or even opposite ends of a spectrum, and the transition from one to another was not necessarily a process of conflict. She details popular government and the transition to oligarchy in Siena, then takes themes and questions from that case study as a framework for analyzing other Italian towns and cities. She has chosen Siena because it changed over a few decades in the second half of the 15th century from one of the mostly broadly based of major Italian cities to being dominated by an oligarchic group with an incipient signoria.

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