Benedetto Accolti and the Florentine Renaissance by Robert Black

By Robert Black

This is often the 1st biography of 1 of the phenomenal humanists of the fifteenth-century Renaissance. Benedetto Accolti's pursuits ranged from rhetoric, humanism and Italian poetry to Roman legislations, from old concept and medieval antiquarianism to the crusades and church background, and his paintings as a pupil, writer and historian is put in a large context stretching from antiquity to the eighteenth century. The highbrow, political and monetary milieu of Accolti's local urban of Arezzo, ignored in smooth scholarship, is explored, and the significance of Accolti's occupation as chancellor of Florence, his position in bringing the recent studying to the chancery and his paintings as an administrative reformer are famous for the 1st time. Florence's reaction to the Turkish risk and contribution to papal crusading efforts are reinterpreted, and new information about Accolti's connections with best Florentine patricians is dropped at mild.

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The party loyalists who are placed in key positions in turn command enormous amounts of patronage. They award contracts for the construction of buildings, highways and factories; they grant bank loans, pensions and promotions; they allocate franchises, financial subsidies and jobs. And they do it strictly on the basis of partisanry. Since the purpose is to establish a patron–client relationship, such political favor is known as clientelism. 6). J. Chubb and M. Vannicelli, ‘Italy: a web of scandals in a flawed democracy’, in A.

Roberts, A New Dictionary of Political Analysis (1991). The most celebrated account is by J. La Palombara, Democracy, Italian Style (1987). See L. Bobbio, ‘Dalla destra alla destra, una strana alternanza’, in P. ) Stato dell’Italia (1994). See also E. Scalfari. 21. G. Sartori, Seconda Repubblica? 42. J. La Palombara, op. cit. 217. G. Pasquino, ‘Unregulated regulators: parties and party government’, in P. Lange and M. 34. P. Scoppola, La Repubblica dei Partiti – profilo storico della democrazia in Italia (1991).

Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990) and A. ’ in D. ), Prospects for Democracy (1992). For an account of impartiality, see B. Barry, Justice as Impartiality (1995). M. 448. See. M. 15. See R. Bellamy, Liberalism and Modern Society (1992). While Bellamy’s historical account of European liberalism is invaluable, we do not share his sceptical views on contemporary liberal philosophy. For an account of how a series of political regimes in Italy (liberal, fascist and then republican) failed due to the chronic absence of political alternation, see M.

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