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A History of Florence 1200-1575

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In this history of Florence, distinguished historian John Najemy discusses all the major developments in Florentine history from 1200 to 1575.
Captures Florence's transformation from a medieval commune into an aristocratic republic, territorial state, and monarchy Weaves together intellectual, cultural, social, economic, religious, and political developments Academically ri
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Hardcover, 515 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Blackwell Publishers
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Andrew
Aug 13, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
Najemy's history covers the history of Florence as a republic; that is, until the Medici got outside forces to establish them as dukes in the city. The books details the remarkably complex forces at work: the mix of social classes, the baffling array of political institutions, the increasing influence of outside political actors.

Strengths: Najemy builds ideas on top of one another--for instance, taking side chapters to consider social history or art patronage--so that, by the end, I felt I had
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Marios Antoniou
Apr 24, 2016 Marios Antoniou rated it liked it
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I am conflicted about this book Najemy is clearly an expert on Florentine history, but i feel the book is too 'listy' and mentions a huge amount of statistics and a multitude of names. This is a bonus in some aspects: it is credible, and fully-evidenced but on the downside I feel that I hardly remember the basic points about major historical figures such as Cosimo de Medici. It put me to sleep, I am afraid to say and I skipped parts of it. The reason I gave it 3/5 is its accuracy and the fact ...more
Gregg Koskela
Jan 21, 2014 Gregg Koskela rated it it was ok
After visiting Florence, I was looking for a book that would give the history of the renaissance in that city, with an emphasis on the arts. This, instead, is more of a meticulously documented political history of the city. It is meticulous and detailed. And it gives a lot of detail meticulously. I skimmed the last half.
Joseph Scipione
Apr 15, 2013 Joseph Scipione rated it liked it
Lots of information packed in this book as with most general history books. I did not read all of this just the 150 pages I needed for research. I would probably only read the rest if I was ever going to visit Florence. That being said it is well written and easy to follow. A good book for anyone interested in the subject.
Shane
This was an interesting study in a period of Florence's history. It was well written and researched. There were some dull bits, but that was more to do with the subject matter than the writing. Overall, interesting and worth a read if you have any interest in Italy as a whole or the city in particular.
Nancy Bielski
Nov 18, 2012 Nancy Bielski rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This was dry and a little slow. Very densely packed with information, especially on the economics side of things, which really isn't what I'm interested in.
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The best, most recent survey of Florence during the Middle Ages written in English.
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