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HIS 4b Lecture 1 Social and Economic Structures of Italian Towns- Difference of Italy from Northern

HIS 4b Lecture 1 Social and Economic Structures of Italian Towns- Difference of Italy from Northern

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1-8 Social and Economic Structures of Italian Towns: Difference of Italy from Northern Europe • Renaissance • major cultural phenomena • dominated by the concept of human beings • began in Italy • Italy was different from the rest of Europe • what was settled and secure in Europe was not in Italy • Northern Europe • very few towns • London • static • Agriculture • 90% of economy • manorial • Manorial • small • manorial court governs life (including economic) on the manor • most everything used on the manor was made on the manor • not much trade • people born on the manor are stuck • cannot leave/marry into another manor without the permission of lord • Feudal • Particularization • Traditional • manorial obligation • Hierarchic • people on manor labor for their lord • lord has a bundle of manors (fief) • got it by promising defense to a higher lord • clerics were the only people who could read or write • Italy • center of European trade in this era
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