Le parti e il tutto. La memoria dei Ciompi e la semantica del popolo

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Between the 14th and 15th centuries in communal Italy the nature of the people(popolo) remained an open question. Unlike other areas, what made it moredifficult in the peninsula the effort of definition was the fact that since the midthirteenth century the “people” had often manifested itself as association, as apartisan organization and even as a regime. This had exacerbated the traditionalsemantic ambivalence of the term (“people” as part of the community and“people” as political universal). This contribution analyses some moments in thememory of the Ciompi revolt (in particular the chronicle of Giovanni Cavalcanti)to show on the one hand how the ambivalence of the term was maintained, and onthe other how progressively the image of the “people”-part, of the people who hadassumed power, was deteriorating: more and more frequently it is denoted as plebsor popolo minuto, or appears degraded contemptuously to the threshold ofdehumanisation.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationAl di là del Repubblicanesimo. Modernità politica e origini dello Stato
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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