Printed sources and long-established historiography have attributed the merit of the extraordinary urban renovations of Palermo between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the viceroys in power at the time of opening the various construction sites. On the contrary, more recent studies have gradually brought to the light a relationship between royal representatives and local urban enterprises that was all but direct. Indeed, a problematic, complex and often confrontational decision-making process has emerged, revealing contrasting interests, roles and expectations between government policy and local power groups, organised into municipal bodies and corporations. The proposed contribution aims to provide a new understanding of this difficult relationship, by focusing on their respective interests and their repercussions on road and infrastructure modernisation projects, which, at the present state of research, are still a fertile field of analytical investigation and, for the profound reasons that determined them, an open historiographical problem.
|Title of host publication||Capitali senza re nella Monarchia spagnola Identità, relazioni, immagini (secc. XVI-XVIII)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|