Cooperating against inequality? War and commons in Renaissance Lombardy

Number: 69
Year: 2014
Author(s): Matteo Di Tullio
ABSTRACT The aim of this paper is to understand how traditional societies faced a period of general crises and more specifically, which behaviours were adopted to limit the increase of local socio-economic inequality. Thus, this paper focuses on a boundary area (the Geradadda) disputed by Milan and Venice that was constantly crossed and occupied by armies during the long period of the Italian Wars (1494-1559). Analysing the management of local finances, and specifically the local commons, it is possible to show the different ways in which these societies organized themselves and, generally, how economic growth occurred in the early modern period.

Matteo Di Tullio

Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, Università Bocconi


Keywords: Commons, Inequality, Cooperation, Italian Wars, Sixteenth Century, Rural societies


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Keywords: commons,inequality,cooperation,Italian wars,sixteenth century,rural societies