The Italian Maritime Republics and the Origins of ‘Good Government’


This conference continued previous colloquia explorations of cultural conditions and institutional arrangements that facilitated the rise of the free commercial states in the Middle Ages by turning to the Italian Maritime Republics (Genoa and Venice, particularly) and by investigating the manners in which their freedom and prosperity were secured and preserved.


Conference Readings

Chambers, David and Pullan, Brian, eds. Venice: A Documentary History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Aristotle. The Politics. Translated by T. A. Sinclair. England: Penguin Group, 1981.

Berman, Harold J. Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Bouwsma, William J.. Venice and the Defence of Republican Liberty. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.

Epstein, Steven A.. Genoa and the Genoese: 958-1528. Durham: University of North Carolina, 2000.

Grief, Avner. “How Do Self-Enforcing Institutions Endogenously Change?.” Stanford University, , July 2001.

Plato. Republic. Edited by Jowett, B. . New York: Modern Library, 1983.

Pope Gregory VII. "Medieval Sourcebook: Gregory VII: Dictatus Papae 1090." Fordham University. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/g7-dictpap.html (10/31/2006).

Shaw, Christine. “Counsel and Consent in XVth Century Genoa.” The English Historical Review 116 (September 2001): 834-862.

Tacitus. “The Origin and Stiuation of the Germans.” OurDecline.com. http://www.ourdecline.com/smartboard/shop/tacitusc/germany/chap1.htm (Aug. 11, 2012).