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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 May 2004

MOSHE SLUHOVSKY
Affiliation:
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Abstract

The five books under review represent some of the recent achievements of Italian historiography of the early modern period. The gradual opening of Inquisitional archives in the 1990s and the growing sophistication of historical analysis of Inquisitorial documents have expanded dramatically our knowledge of and familiarity with the institutional and legal histories of the Inquisition and of the operation of justice in the Italian peninsula. One result of this is that the earlier and innovative work of Carlo Ginzburg in Inquisitorial archives has come under scrutiny. The books under review present a new view of the functioning of the Italian Inquisition, and by so doing shed new light on issues of authority and power in early modern Italy. Implicitly, the books under review also posit themselves against microstoria and address the larger working of power over long periods of time.

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Review Articles
Copyright
2004 Cambridge University Press

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