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Florence in the Early Modern World

New Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Nicholas Scott Baker, Brian J. Maxson


304 pages

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Florence in the Early Modern World offers new perspectives on this important city by exploring the broader global context of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, within which the experience of Florence remains unique.

By exploring the city’s relationship to its close and distant neighbours, the interdisciplinary chapters reveal the transnational history of Florence. The chapters orient the lenses of the most recent historiographical turns perfected in studies on Venice, Rome, Bologna, Naples, and elsewhere towards Florence. New techniques, such as digital mapping, alongside new comparisons of Architectural Theory and merchants in Eurasia, provide the latest perspectives about Florence’s cultural and political importance before, during and after the Renaissance. From Florentine merchants in Egypt and India, through actual and idealised military ambitions in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, to Tuscan humanists in late medieval England, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume reveal the connections Florence held to early modern cities across the globe.

Steering away from the historical narrative of an insular Renaissance Europe and instead identifying the significance of other global influences, this volume is essential reading for students and scholars of early modern cities and the Renaissance.

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About the Contributors

  1. Where in the World is Renaissance Florence? Challenges for the History of the City After the Global Turn – Nicholas Scott Baker and Brian Jeffrey Maxson
  2. Part 1: Economic Perspectives

  3. Taking Architectural Theory on the Road: The Sliding Scales of the Florentine Traveler – Niall Atkinson
  4. "Tutto il mondo è paese": Locating Florence in Premodern Eurasian Commerce – Nicholas Scott Baker
  5. Mapping Gendered Labor in the Textile Industry of Early Modern Florence – Nicholas Terpstra
  6. Shaping the City and the Landscape: Politics, Public Space, and Innovation under Ferdinando I de’ Medici – Marta Caroscio
  7. Part 2: Political Perspectives

  8. Nelle parti di Romagna: The Role and Influence of the Apennine Lords in Italian Renaissance Politics – Luciano Piffanelli
  9. The Advantages of Stability: Medici Tuscany’s Ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean – Brian Brege
  10. The Medici, Maritime Empire, and the Enduring Legacy of the Cavalieri di Santo Stefano – Katherine Poole-Jones
  11. Part 3: Cultural Perspectives

  12. Poggio’s Beginnings at the Papal Curia: The Florentine Brain Drain and the Fashioning of the Humanist Movement – Clémence Revest
  13. The Myth of the Renaissance Bubble: International Culture and Regional Politics in Fifteenth-Century Florence – Brian Jeffrey Maxson
  14. New Perspectives on Patria: The Andreini Performance of Florentine Citizenship – Sarah Gwyneth Ross


About the Authors

Nicholas Scott Baker is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, Australia. His previous publications include After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, ed. with Brian Maxson (2015) and The Fruit of Liberty: Political Culture in the Florentine Renaissance (2013).

Brian Jeffrey Maxson is Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. His previous publications include Languages of Power in Italy (1300-1600) (2017), After Civic Humanism: Learning and Politics in Renaissance Italy, ed. with Nicholas Scott Baker (2015) and The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence (2013).

About the Series

Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History

This is a brand new series which straddles both medieval and early modern worlds, encouraging readers to examine historical change over time as well as promoting understanding of the historical continuity between events in the past, and to challenge perceptions of periodisation. It aims to meet the demand for conceptual or thematic topics which cross a relatively wide chronological span (any period between c. 500-1750), including a broad geographical scope. For more information about the series and the proposal process, please contact the series editor at Natasha.Hodgson@ntu.ac.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century