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The Resource Sleepwalking into a new world : the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century, Chris Wickham

Sleepwalking into a new world : the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century, Chris Wickham

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Sleepwalking into a new world : the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century
Title
Sleepwalking into a new world
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the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century
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Chris Wickham
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Amid the disintegration of the Kingdom of Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, a new form of collective government - the commune - arose in the cities of northern and central Italy. This book takes a bold new look at how these autonomous city-states came about, and fundamentally alters our understanding of one of the most important political and cultural innovations of the medieval world. Chris Wickham provides richly textured portraits of three cities - Milan, Pisa, and Rome - and sets them against a vibrant backcloth of other towns. He argues that, in all but a few cases, the elites of these cities and towns developed one of the first nonmonarchical forms of government in medieval Europe, unaware that they were creating something altogether new. Wickham makes clear that the Italian city commune was by no means a democracy in the modern sense, but that it was so novel that outsiders did not know what to make of it. He describes how, as the old order unraveled, the communes emerged, governed by consular elites "chosen by the people, " and subject to neither emperor nor king
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StDuBDS
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1950-
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Wickham, Chris
Dewey number
945.04
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Lawrence Stone lectures
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • City-states
  • Italy
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Pisa (Italy)
  • Rome (Italy)
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Sleepwalking into a new world : the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century, Chris Wickham
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-282) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17673914
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 305 pages
Isbn
9780691148281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps (black and white)
System control number
  • (Uk)017009165
  • (OCoLC)900474635
Label
Sleepwalking into a new world : the emergence of Italian city communes in the twelfth century, Chris Wickham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17673914
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 305 pages
Isbn
9780691148281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps (black and white)
System control number
  • (Uk)017009165
  • (OCoLC)900474635

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