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Comparing Two Italies. Civic tradition, trade networks, family relationships between Italy of Communes and the Kingdom of Sicily

M. Mainoni, N. L. Barile (eds.)
approx. 250 p., 3 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-56976-5
Languages: English, French
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A fresh look at the historical problem of the 'Two Italies'

The title recalls the famous 1977 book by David Abulafia, The Two Italies, about the origins of the so-called 'unequal exchange' and 'dual economy' between Northern and Southern Italy. This argument is supposed to be the ground of the so-called 'Southern question' ('questione meridionale'), one of the foremost topics in the whole of Italian history. But trade is not the only major theme in a comparison between the Italy of Communes and the Kingdom of Sicily. This collection of essays points to different interpretative paths, which concern not only trade networks, but also less well-known sides of the interrelation, e.g. the rise of civic tradition, the spread of Mendicant Orders, and the circulation of wealth through family relationships, women, marriage and patrimonial assets.

Table of Contents

Patrizia Mainoni - About the 'Two Italies'

Gianmarco De Angelis - Between Legal Tradition and Political Practice: Decisions by Majority Vote in North-Central Italian Communes, and a Few Thoughts for Comparisons with the 'Universitates' of Peninsular Southern Italy (Twelfth-Thirteenth Centuries) 

Giovanni Araldi - Transformations sociales et institutionnelles dans une ville pontificale du mezzogiorno d'Italie: les statuts de Bénévent de 1203

Maria Teresa Dolso - The Franciscan Order between Two Italies

Nicola Lorenzo Barile - Rethinking 'the Two Italies': Circulation of Goods and Merchants between Venice and the 'Regno' in the Late Middle Ages

Eleni Sakellariou - Regional trade and Economic Agents in the Kingdom of Naples (Fifteenth Century) 

Paola Guglielmotti - Women, Families and Wealth in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Liguria: Past Approaches and New Perspectives

Alessandra Bassani - Familia id est substantia? Women and Statutes in the Consilia of Baldus de Ubaldis

Isabelle Chabot - Deux, trois, cent Italies: réflexions pour une géographie historique des systèmes dotaux

Paolo Grillo - Conclusion: Many Centuries, Many Italies
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Italian Peninsula

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