Early Modern Italian history has traditionally been presented in the context of the absence of a unified Italian state, foreign domination and of relative decline to former wealth and power. This new volume calls on a wealth of recent research to portray the complex history of the early modern Italian states on their own terms. A leading team of historians traces Italian material and cultural bonds of identity and solidarity beyond their common political narrative - from the Reformation through the hopes and frustrations of reform, renewal and restructuring of social and economic power to the eventual collapse of the Old Regime.
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John Marino is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. His publications include Pastoral Economics in the Kingdom of Nales and Good Government in Spanish Naples. He has been the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship, a Fondazione Fellowship, an Exxon Fellowship, and a Newberry Library-NEH Fellowship, and is past president of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference.
`For this reviewer the balance is right and the coverage impressive. Overall this is an impressive, succinctly written synthesis of recent scholarship on - and introduction to - the rich mosaic that was early modern Italy'
Christooher Storrs, University of Dundee, History Vol.88, Issue 4, No. 292
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