The City-State in Europe, 1000-1600

The City-State in Europe, 1000-1600 : Hinterland, Territory, Region

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No detailed comparison of the city-state in medieval Europe has been undertaken over the last century. Research has concentrated on the role of city-states and their republican polities as harbingers of the modern state, or else on their artistic and cultural achievements, above all in Italy. Much less attention has been devoted to the cities' territorial expansion: why, how, and with what consequences cities in the urban belt, stretching from central and northern
Italy over the Alps to Switzerland, Germany, and the low countries, succeeded (or failed) in constructing sovereign polities, with or without dependent territories.

Tom Scott goes beyond the customary focus on the leading Italian city-states to include, for the first time, detailed coverage of the Swiss city-states and the imperial cities of Germany. He criticizes current typologies of the city-state in Europe advanced by political and social scientists to suggest that the city-state was not a spent force in early modern Europe, but rather survived by transformation and adaption. He puts forward instead a typology which embraces both time and space by
arguing for a regional framework for analysis which does not treat city-states in isolation but within a wider geopolitical setting.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 26mm | 752g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 maps
  • 0199274606
  • 9780199274604
  • 1,373,467

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Europe in AD 1000 ; 2. The Rise of the Communes, 1000-1150 ; 3. Cities and their Adversaries, 1150-1300 ; 4. City-States at the Crossroads, 1300-1450: The South ; 5. City-States at the Crossroads, 1300-1450: The North ; 6. Survival and Transformation, 1450-1600 ; Conclusion ; Bibliography ; Index
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This welcome addition to the literature is massively documented, well written, and can be used by both scholars and non-specialists. * David Nicholas, American Historical Review * Rivers of ink have flowed in writings about city-states, but Tom Scotts latest work provides a distinguished contribution to that literature * Gianluca Raccagni, English Historical Review, Volume 128, Number 534 * Scott has given us an excellent, very stimulating starting point, which any future effort to examine economic and political transformation from the Middle Ages to modernity will surely want to take account of. * Dr Shami Ghosh, Reviews in History * Historians are thus likely to come away from their inquiry with the feeling that they have touched the pulse of history * Lauro Martines, The Times Literary Supplement * Tom Scott's The City-State in Europe, 1000-1600 brings a major addition to our picture of the subject. He provides a detailed cross-section of developments in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Low Countries. * Lauro Martines, The Times Literary Supplement *
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About Tom Scott

Before joining the Institute of Reformation Studies in St Andrews in 2004, Tom Scott was based in the School of History at the University of Liverpool. Before that he was a research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. He has worked on town-country relations and regional identities in late medieval and early modern Germany, bringing his approach to bear upon aspects of the Reformation at the grassroots and on the German Peasants' War.
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