Lucca after the fall of Paolo Guinigi was open to the same influences, and confronted many of the same challenges, faced by contemporary and more comprehensively studied Italian societies. The most obvious comparison is with Florence. Whilst the parallels are self-evident, it is equally important to note that Lucca was a very different political community from its more powerful Tuscan neighbour. In part, it was a question of chronology: trends well entrenched on the Arno were still only dimly perceivable in the restored republic. But Lucca's situation was manifestly different from Florence's, and so too were her policies and solutions. In some senses the distinctive character of Lucca was to survive, and even become accentuated in later centuries. This was assured by Lucca's survival as a small, oligarchic republic in a world where small states and republican governments had become a rarity.
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