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Cultures of Voting in Pre-modern Europe

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Edited by Serena Ferente, Lovro Kunčević, Miles Pattenden

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362 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Cultures of Voting in Pre-modern Europe examines the norms and practices of collective decision-making across pre-modern European history, east and west, and their influence in shaping both intra- and inter-communal relationships.

Bringing together the work of twenty specialist contributors, this volume offers a unique range of case studies from Ancient Greece to the eighteenth century, and explores voting in a range of different contexts with analysis that encompasses constitutional and ecclesiastical history, social and cultural history, the history of material culture and of political thought. Together the case-studies illustrate the influence of ancient models and ideas of voting on medieval and early modern collectivities and document the cultural and conceptual exchange between different spheres in which voting took place. Above all, they foreground voting as a crucial element of Europe’s common political heritage and raise questions about the contribution of pre-modern cultures of voting to modern political and institutional developments.

Offering a wide chronological and geographical scope, Cultures of Voting in Pre-modern Europe is aimed at scholars and students of the history of voting and is a fascinating contribution to the key debates that surround voting today.

Reviews

"By examining the range of cultural contexts in which decision-making took place in every part of Europe, from ancient times to the eighteenth century, this fascinating collection of essays analyzes voting as a kind of ‘total social fact’, broadening our notions of ‘the political’ and offering a new perspective on the history of legitimacy, secrecy, political theology, and a host of other topics."

Matthew Vester, West Virginia Universtity, USA

"This eye-opening volume surveys the many spheres in pre-modern Europe in which decisions were made by forms of voting. With its emphasis on culture – on social meaning – it evokes the complexity and sophistication of the pre-modern political order. In its wake, the common equation of ‘medieval’ with ‘autocratic’ has never looked so wrong."

John Watts, University of Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

Serena Ferente, Introduction

PART ONE: Ideas and representations

  1. Paul Cartledge, Not just voting but being counted: the cases of Ancient Greece
  2. Valentina Arena, Roman reflections on voting practices: also a Pythagorean affair
  3. Cristina La Rocca and Francesco Veronese, Cultures of unanimity in Carolingian councils
  4. Vesselina Vachkova, A vote for the new world order: the Dardanelles meeting in 1235 (the Council at Lampsacus-Gallipoli)
  5. Alexander Russell, Voting at the Council of Constance (1414–18)
  6. Miles Pattenden, Cultures of secrecy in pre-modern papal elections
  7. Andrea Guidi, ‘Conforme al vivere civile et politico’: Machiavelli's newly discovered proposal for electoral reform in 1512
  8. Derek Hirst, A culture of voting in seventeenth-century England
  9. Wyger Velema, Dead and buried after the elections? Voting and citizenship in the Batavian Revolution
  10. PART TWO: Practices, institutions, procedures

  11. Nella Lonza, The culture of voting in medieval Split: appearance and reality
  12. Lorenzo Tanzini, From discussion to vote: practices of political deliberation and written records in communal Italy
  13. Serena Ferente, Parties, quotas and elections in late medieval Genoa
  14. Letizia Arcangeli, The election of the abbess: political reasons of monastic discipline in Renaissance Parma
  15. Lovro Kunčević, Political decision-making in the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries
  16. Claire Judde de Larivière, ‘Il fait bon voir de tout leur sénat ballotter’: the ubiquity of voting in late medieval and Renaissance Venice
  17. Pierluigi Terenzi, The citizens and the king: voting and electoral procedures in southern Italian towns under the Aragonese
  18. Vicent Baydal Sala, Voting in the parliaments of the Crown of Aragon, c.1300–1716
  19. Zrinka Pešorda Vardić, Voting and elections in the elite Ragusan confraternities of St. Anthony and St. Lazarus
  20. Alexander Osipian, Voting at home and on the move: elections of caravanbashi by Armenian merchants in Poland and the Ottoman Empire, 1500–1700
  21. Brian Sandberg, Municipal elections and contested religious space: electoral practices and confessional politics in Mediterranean France during the French Wars of Religion

 

Index

About the Editors

Serena Ferente is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at King's College London.

Lovro Kuncevic is Faculty Member of the Institute for Historical Sciences, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Dubrovnik.

Miles Pattenden is Research Fellow in Early Modern History at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS037090
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century