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13 - Urbanism as Politics in Ninth-Century Italy

from Section IV - Cities, Courts and Carolingians

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 December 2020

Clemens Gantner
Affiliation:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Walter Pohl
Affiliation:
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
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Early medieval Italy was the most densely urbanized part of western Eurasia until the eleventh century. This chapter examines the practices of urbanism in the Italian peninsula, considering the social and political implications of living in cities and how they shaped the ways of life and patterns of governance in Latin- and Greek-speaking areas of the Italian peninsula. Special consideration is paid to how the Carolingian conquest and Frankish control of parts of Italy might have challenged the roles played by cities in economic and political life in those areas. Urbanism and investment in cities were tools for Carolingian rulers of Italy and their contemporaries.

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After Charlemagne
Carolingian Italy and its Rulers
, pp. 198 - 218
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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