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Sleepwalking into a New World – The Emergence of Italian City Communes in the Twelfth Century - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Sleepwalking into a New World: The Emergence of Italian City Communes in the Twelfth Century

Chris Wickham


Amid the disintegration of the Kingdom of Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, a new form of collective government—the commune—arose in the cities of northern and central Italy. This book takes a bold new look at how these autonomous city-states came about, and fundamentally alters our understanding of one of the most important political and cultural innovations of the medieval world. The book provides richly textured portraits of three cities—Milan, Pisa, and Rome—and sets them against a vibrant backcloth of other towns. It argues that, in all but a few cases, the élite of these citie ... More

Keywords: collective government, communes, Italy, autonomous city-states, Milan, Pisa, Rome, civic culture, Renaissance, élite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691181141
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181141.001.0001


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Chris Wickham, author

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