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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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The Economy of Fifteenth-Century Lucca: Manufacture, Trade, and Banking

The Economy of Fifteenth-Century Lucca: Manufacture, Trade, and Banking

(p.132) 5 The Economy of Fifteenth-Century Lucca: Manufacture, Trade, and Banking
Lucca 1430–1494

M. E. Bratchel

Oxford University Press

The uncertain contours of Lucca's economic prosperity in the 15th century make it virtually impossible to link changing economic fortunes to the great events of Lucchese history as described in earlier chapters. Political turmoil clearly coincided with economic hardships and fiscal exactions in the 1430s. But the forces for disruption in the first decade of the restored republic are plainly too numerous and too complex to be reduced to a single source. In later decades it is often possible to locate the material grievances of interest groups and political conspirators. But these grievances are invariably too personalized and idiosyncratic to fit comfortably into a pattern of economic cycles. In a more general sense, however, economic structures and reality do provide the necessary and revealing background for the socio-political life of the republic.

Keywords:   Lucca, economic development, economic prosperity, 1430s, material grievances

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