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Author Litchfield, R. Burr, 1936-
Title Emergence of a bureaucracy : the Florentine patricians, 1530-1790 / R. Burr Litchfield.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1986.

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Author Litchfield, R. Burr, 1936-
Series Princeton legacy library
ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Subject Florence (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 1421-1737.
Florence (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 1737-1860.
Bureaucracy -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Italy -- Florence -- History.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 407 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-396) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Introduction -- PART I: THE PATRICIANS AS A SOCIAL GROUP FROM THE REPUBLIC TO THE HAPSBURG-LORRAINE -- 1. The Legacy of the Renaissance Republic -- 2. Adaptation to the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth Century Medici Court -- 3. The Eighteenth-Century Libri di Oro of the Hapsburg-Lorraine -- PART II: THE NEW BUREAUCRACY OF THE MEDICI DUKES IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES -- 4. From Magistrates to Functionaries -- 5. The Expansion of the Central Bureaucracy -- 6. Central and Provincial Offices -- PART III: THE PATRICIANS IN THE BUREAUCRACY -- 7. Theory and Practice of the Mixed State -- 8. The Relocation of the Patricians by Type of Office -- PART IV: THE PATRIMONIALISM OF PATRICIAN FUNCTIONARIES -- 9. Training and Appointment -- 10. Careers and Salaries -- PART V: PATRICIAN WEALTH AND DUCAL POLICY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY -- 11. The Changing Fortunes of the Patricians -- 12. The Economic Policy of Patrimonialism -- PART VI: THE REMAKING OF THE BUREAUCRACY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY BY THE HAPSBURG-LORRAINE -- 13. The Regency for Francis Stephen,1737-65 -- 14. The Leopoldine Reforms,1765-90 -- 15. The Exit of the Patricians from Office -- CONCLUSION
Summary Burr Litchfield traces the development of the patrician elite of Florence from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, the growth of a bureaucratic state in Tuscany during this period, and the changing relationship of the patricians to the state apparatus. His discussion of this largely neglected period of Italian history shows that the elite of the Florentine Renaissance Republic continued as the main component of the urban office-holding aristocracy under the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, and that they had an important role in the transition from Renaissance communal institutions to those of a regional state.Originally published in 1987.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
ISBN 9781400858262 (electronic bk.)
1400858267 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 55689070
Link ACLS Humanities E-Book. URL:
Additional Format Print version: Litchfield, R. Burr, 1936- Emergence of a bureaucracy. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1986 (DLC) 86012226

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