Republics and monarchies

Stapelbroek, Koen (2016) Republics and monarchies. In: Whatmore, Richard, and Young, Brian, (eds.) A Companion to Intellectual History. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 276-287.

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[Extract] Recent decades have seen the publication of a considerable stream of studies on the history and political theory of republicanism. Theoretically one might broadly distinguish between two approaches to the concept of republicanism. First, there is the historical association of political ideas held by groups of writers in early‐modern history how a city‐state or larger entity that was not a monarchy was actually held together. According to some historians a reinvented form of Aristotelian civic virtue was the key to ideas that were held about political freedom (Baron, 1955; Pocock, 1975), while others have emphasised the capacity of citizens to create their own laws, according to the model of Roman jurisprudence (Skinner, 1998). This debate concerned the essence of ideas held by historical writers from the Italian city‐states of the late medieval age onwards until the eighteenth century. What central notions and authority structures created the idea of the common good that held together the population in the Italian city‐states like Florence and Venice, and how might such notions and structures be recreated in somewhat later times in other parts of Europe?

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-29480-2
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 23:44
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430308 European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman) @ 50%
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