- Black, Christopher F. 1941-
- London ; New York : Routledge 2001
- 0415109353 (hbk)
- 9780415109352 (hbk)
- 0415214343 (pbk.)
- 9780415214346 (pbk.)
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-265) and index.
- Map 1 : Physical Italy -- Map 2 : The Italian States, 1559 -- Map 3 : Italian cities and towns -- Map 4 : The Kingdom of Naples -- Map 5 : The city of Venice -- 1. Disunited Italy. Unity and disunity. The chronology and developments of early modern Italy -- 2. Geography and demography. Physical geography. Demography. The supply of food -- 3. The changing rural and urban economies. General economic trends: decline and shift. Rural and urban inter-relationships -- 4. The land and rural society -- Prelude: contadini, peasants and landowners. Types of land systems and agriculture. Landownership. Inhabitants of the contado and living conditions -- 5. The urban environment. Housing, living conditions and material culture. Organising the urban scene. The organisation and production of goods and services. Meeting places: buying and selling -- 6. Urban society. The variety of urban occupations. Women and male occupations. The processionals and officials. Servants. Casual work: labourers, pedlars, sbirri, messengers. Prostitutes. The poor and destitute -- 7. The family and household. Different concepts and composition of the 'Family'. Formation of the family: marriages and dowries. Personal family relationships. The extended family -- 8. The social elites. Attitudes to nobility and status. Varieties of social elites -- 9. Social groupings and loyalties. Neighbourhood loyalties and urban spatial subdivisions. The Jewish ghettos. Guilds and confraternities -- 10. Parochial society. The parish systems and parish priests. Church religious-social life. Church instruction and education -- 11. Social tensions, control and amelioration. Social disharmony, violence and social control. Riots and revolts. Problems of keeping control. Crime and morality. Religious control and the Inquisitions. Controlling the poor. Social amelioration -- 12. Epilogue.
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