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Lucca 1430–1494The Reconstruction of an Italian City-Republic$
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M. E. Bratchel

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204848.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Lucca 1430–1494

M. E. Bratchel

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the Tuscan city-state of Lucca in the 15th century. It sets out the purpose of the book, which is explore through the Lucchese case-study a range of issues which are central to current Italian Renaissance scholarship. The story is of a highly distinctive political entity striving to find and defend its place in the changing and largely hostile arena of an Italian politics dominated by the ambitions of a dwindling number of larger territorial states.

Keywords:   Lucca, 15th century, Italian history, city-state, Italian politics

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