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The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval CitiesItaly and the Southern Low Countries, 1370-1440$
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Patrick Lantschner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198734635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734635.001.0001

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Systems of Conflict

Systems of Conflict

An Overview

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The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval Cities

Patrick Lantschner

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the interpretative framework that underlies the analysis of systems of conflict in Chapters 5 to 7. It is suggested that different modes of conflict were concentrated in cities in different ways. Bologna and Liège saw especially high levels of urban warfare, in Florence and Tournai constitutional bargaining predominated over other modes of conflict, while in Verona and Lille various forms of protest constituted the principal mode of conflict. These diverse systems of conflict often crystallized around different configurations of political units, which had developed over time. The number, resources, and integration of collective associations, governmental institutions, and players involved in external war provided different conditions for and constraints on political action, leading to distinct patterns of conflict in different urban arenas.

Keywords:   system of conflict, political conflict, Bologna, Florence, Verona, Liège, Tournai, Verona

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