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Florence After the Medici

Tuscan Enlightenment, 1737-1790, 1st Edition

Edited by Corey Tazzara, Paula Findlen, Jacob Soll


360 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Although there is a rich historiography on Enlightenment Tuscany in Italian as well as French and German, the principle Anglophone works are Eric Cochrane’s Tradition and Enlightenment in the Tuscan Academies (1961) and his Enlightenment Florence in the Forgotten Centuries (1973). It is high time to revisit the Tuscan Enlightenment. This volume brings together an international group of scholars with the goal of putting to rest the idea that Florence ceased to be interesting after the Renaissance. Indeed, it is partly the explicit dialogue between Renaissance and Enlightenment that makes eighteenth-century Tuscany so interesting. This enlightened age looked to the past. It began the Herculean project of collecting, editing, and publishing many of the manuscripts that today form the bedrock of any serious study of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Vasari, Galileo, and other Tuscan writers. This was an age of public libraries, projects of cultural restoration, and the emergence of the Uffizi as a public art gallery, complemented by a science museum in Peter Leopold’s reign whose relics can still be visited in the Museo Galileo and La Specola.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tuscany and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World

Corey Tazzara and Paula Findlen

Part I: The Politics of Knowledge in Enlightenment Tuscany

1. The Enlightenment at Work: Ideology, Reform, and a Blueprint for a Constitution

Renato Pasta

2. The Politics of Libraries Under the Habsburg-Lorraines

Emmanuelle Chapron

3. The Economics of Healthcare and the Tuscan Medical Enlightenment

Elizabeth W. Mellyn

4. From the Body to the Body Politic: Peter Leopold’s Florentine Enlightenment State

Rebecca Messbarger

Part II: Commerce and the State

5. Carlo Ginori and the Modernization of the Tuscan Economy

Antonella Alimento

6. Commercial Crisis in Livorno and the Remaking of the Tuscan Hinterland

Corey Tazzara

7. Forests, Woods, Roads: Agricultural Landscapes as Instruments for the Material Administration of an Eighteenth-Century Tuscan Periphery

Lavinia Maddaluno

Part III: History, Culture, and Enlightenment

8. Long After the Trial: Galileo's Rediscovery, Florentine Nostalgia, and Enlightened Passions

Paula Findlen

9. Making Renaissance Art Florentine

Heather Hyde Minor

10. "Twenty Magnificent Temples of the Arts": Geographic Schools in the Uffizi Gallery

Callum Reid

Epilogue: The Encyclopedic Prince: Grand Duke Peter Leopold (1747-1792) and the Meaning of Tuscan Enlightenment

Jacob Soll

About the Editors

Corey Tazzara is Assistant Professor of History at Scripps College.

Paula Findlen is the Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History at Stanford University.

Jacob Soll is Professor of History and Accounting at the University of Southern California.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

This series explores Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge (c.1400-c.1700) in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The volumes published in this series study the individuals, communities and networks involved in making and communicating knowledge during the first age of globalization. Authors investigate the perceptions, practices and modes of behaviour which shaped Renaissance and Early Modern intellectual endeavour and examine the ways in which they reverberated in the political, cultural, social and economic sphere.

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HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Renaissance