HST 452/552 Florence in the Time of the Republic, 1250-1550 (3) MPT

Few European city-states have aroused as much comment from contemporaries and historians as the Republic of Florence. Begins with the emergence of the popular commune (1250), continues through the crisis of the 14th century (plague, depression, workers’ revolts), the Medici family domination, foreign invasions, and the fall of the republic. Special attention to the myth of the ‘Renaissance’ and Florence’s role in the creation of that myth. Topics include: political theory, including Machiavelli’s Prince and Discourses; banking and business; the definition of community through civic religion; families and clans; art and architecture; ritual behavior and the definition of people marginal to society.

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