Emergence of a bureaucracy : the Florentine patricians, 1530-1790 /
R. Burr Litchfield.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1986.
xiii, 407 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.
0691054878 :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1986.
0691054878 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 383-396.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-06:
Because of pioneer studies such as Eric Cochrane's Florence in the Forgotten Centuries (1973), Florentine history from the later 16th through the 18th century, long neglected as a supposed period of stagnation, has now emerged as an era with problems all its own, lacking neither in creativity nor interest. Litchfield's study of the patricians in the Florentine bureaucracy will anchor the work of many scholars with a consistent line of administrative development throughout the entire period. The author traces the process by which the old Florentine families were first drawn into the growth of the grand ducal bureaucracy, helping transform a city government into a regional one. These families were then supplanted by the ``rationalized'' bureaucracy of the Hapsburgs. Economic and social historians will find much of interest in Litchfield's extensive prosopography and examination of the ties between the Florentine urban economy and the bureaucracy. Based on vast archival research, his study will rank as a fundamental work in its field. Graduate readership.-T.C. Price Zimmermann, Davidson College
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