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Early Modern History: Society and Culture

Feuds and State Formation, 1550–1700

The Backcountry of the Republic of Genoa

Authors: Raggio, Osvaldo

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  • E​xamines the interactions between the Republic of Genoa and a set of local communities in the mountainous backcountry of Eastern Liguria
  • Provides a unique microanalytical perspective on feuds and state formation
  • Offers the first English-language territorial history of the Genoese republic
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This book re-evaluates the role of local agency and provides a new perspective to the political, social and cultural history of state formation, taking a microhistorical approach and through close analysis of archival sources between 1550 to 1700. The backcountry of the Republic of Genoa is a laboratory for gauging the weight and significance of two elements which, according to Charles Tilly and other scholars, have characterized the construction of the modern state: judicial administration and fiscal extraction. The instruments employed in this respect were arbitration and compensation. Interactions between center and periphery occurred within a stratified and discontinuous fabric of fluid jurisdictions and segmented residential topographies, which constituted spaces of mediation. Such spaces were generated by conflicts between kin groups (feuds and factional alignments) and managed both by Genoese officials and by local notables and notaries, who translated a whole set of local practices into judicial procedures. This book offers a rich contextualization of material life, family relationships, economic activities, and power struggles in a corner of the Mediterranean world that was extremely important, but about which very little has been published in English. 

About the authors

Osvaldo Raggio is Professor of History at the University of Genoa, Italy. He has worked on a range of topics in early modern history, including detailed rural analyses, social and political history, aristocratic society and material culture, history of collections, and the interface between history and other disciplines. He is a member of the editorial board of Quaderni storici.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-94643-6
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-94642-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feuds and State Formation, 1550–1700
Book Subtitle
The Backcountry of the Republic of Genoa
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94643-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94643-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94642-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 316
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations
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