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Florentine Tuscany. Structures and Practices of Power,
edited by William Connell and Andrea Zorzi, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000 ("Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture").


William J. Connell, Preface

1. Andrea Zorzi, The ‘material constitution’ of the Florentine dominion

2. Alison Brown, The language of empire

3. Jane Black, Constitutional ambitions, legal realities and the Florentine state

4. Giuseppe Petralia, Fiscality, politics and dominion in Florentine Tuscany

5. Stephan R. Epstein, Market structures

6. David S. Peterson, State-building, church reform and the politics of legitimacy

7. William J. Connell, The humanist citizen as provincial governor

8. Laura De Angelis, Territorial offices and office holders

9. Samuel K. Cohn Jr., Demography and the politics of fiscality

10. Patrizia Salvadori, Florentines and the communities of the territorial state

11. Lorenzo Fabbri, Patronage and its role in government: the Florentine patriciate and Volterra

12. Francesco Salvestrini, San Miniato al Tedesco: the evolution of the political class

13. Oretta Muzzi, The social classes of Colle Val d’Elsa and the formation of the dominion

14. Robert Black, Arezzo, the Medici and the Florentine regime

15. Stephen J. Milner, Rubrics and requests: statutory division and supra-communal clientage in Pistoia

16 Giorgio Chittolini, A comment


Florence has often been studied in the past for its distinctive urban culture and society, while insufficient attention has been paid to the important Tuscan territorial state that was created by Florence in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Comprising a handful of formerly independent city-states and numerous smaller communities in the plains and mountains, the Florentine ‘empire’ in Tuscany supplied the markets and fiscal coffers of the Renaissance republic, while providing lessons in statecraft that nourished the political thought of Machiavelli and Guicciardini. This volume comprises seventeen original essays representing the new directions being taken by historians of the Florentine Renaissance. It offers new and exemplary approaches towards state-building, political vocabulary, political economy, civic humanism, local history and social patronage in what is one of the most interesting and well-documented of the states of late medieval and Renaissance Europe.

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