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In the decades after 1404, traditionally maritime Venice extended its control over much of northern Italy. Citizens of Vicenza, the first city to come under Venetian rule, proclaimed their city "firstborn of Venice" and a model for the Venetian Republic's dominions on the terraferma. In Firstborn of Venice James Grubb tests commonplace attributes of the Renaissance state through a rich case study of society and politics in fifteenth-century Vicenza. Looking at relations between Venetian and local governments and at the location of power in Vicentine society, Grubb reveals the structural limitations of Venetian authority and the mechanisms by which local patricians deflected the claims of the capital. Firstborn of Venice explores issues that are political in the broadest sense: legal institutions and administrative practices, fiscal politics, the consolidation of elites, ecclesiastical management, and the contrasting governing ideologies of ruler and subjects.

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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I: The Making of the Composite State
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  1. 1. Creating the Territorial State
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  1. 2. Definitions of State
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  1. 3. Dominion and Law
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  1. 4. Dominion and Empire
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  1. Part II: Privileged Commune, Commune of the Privileged
  2. p. 47
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  1. 5. Commune and Governor
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  1. 6. Commune and Countryside
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  1. 7. Affirmation of the Patriciate
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  1. 8. Consolidation of the Patriciate
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  1. Part III: Center and Periphery
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  1. 9. Pacification and Security
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  1. 10. Fisc and Army
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  1. 11. Piety and Morals
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  1. 12. Appeals and Their Limits
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  1. 13. Reconstructing Local Prerogatives
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  1. Part IV: The Renaissance Venetian State
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  1. 14. Unity and Particularism
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  1. Epilogue
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421431895
Related ISBN
9781421431888
MARC Record
OCLC
647646613
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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