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Florence in the Early Modern World
New Perspectives

ISBN 9781138313316
Published July 2, 2019 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

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, this collection of interdisciplinary essays reveals 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 idealized 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.

This book steers away from the historical narrative of an insular Renaissance Europe and instead identifies the significance of other global influences. By using Florence as a case study to trace these connections, this volume of essays provides 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


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Nicholas Scott Baker is Senior Lecturer in early modern history at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the author of The Fruit of Liberty: Political Culture in the Florentine Renaissance, 1480–1550 (2013) and is completing a book on how Italians thought about the future during the Renaissance.

Brian Jeffrey Maxson is Associate Professor of History at East Tennessee State University, USA. He is the author of The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence (2014) and is currently working on a study of the distinction and manipulation of private and public conceptions in Renaissance Italy.