Patrons and Adversaries

Patrons and Adversaries : Nobles and Villagers in Italian Politics, 1640-1760

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Four generations of the aristocratic Barberini family and its "vassals" clashed over how the early modern Roman countryside should be governed. Villagers sometimes cultivated noble interference, but they frequently resisted it through the strategies of adversarial literacy, political ways of reading and writing that challenged noble hegemony in the village.show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 16mm | 299.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 map, 8 halftones & 2 tables
  • 0195173872
  • 9780195173871

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An extremely valuable and stimulating work that sheds light on the political world of the countryside and invites us to reevaluate the role of the villagers in the eventual collapse of the seigneurial system and in the formation process of the centralized state. * Journal of Modern Italian Studies *show more