Lust for Liberty
The Politics of Social Revolt in Medieval Europe, 1200-1425
By (author) Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
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Lust for Liberty by Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
Book Description"Lust for Liberty" challenges long-standing views of popular medieval revolts. Comparing rebellions in northern and southern Europe over two centuries, Samuel Cohn analyzes their causes and forms, their leadership, the role of women, and the suppression or success of these revolts. Popular revolts were remarkably common--not the last resort of desperate people. Leaders were largely workers, artisans, and peasants. Over 90 percent of the uprisings pitted ordinary people against the state and were fought over political rights--regarding citizenship, governmental offices, the barriers of ancient hierarchies--rather than rents, food prices, or working conditions. After the Black Death, the connection of the word "liberty" with revolts increased fivefold, and its meaning became more closely tied with notions of equality instead of privilege.The book offers a new interpretation of the Black Death and the increase of and change in popular revolt from the mid-1350s to the early fifteenth century. Instead of structural explanations based on economic, demographic, and political models, this book turns to the actors themselves--peasants, artisans, and bourgeois--finding that the plagues wrought a new urgency for social and political change and a new self- and class-confidence in the efficacy of collective action.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674030381
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
Popular Protest in Late Medieval English Towns, Paperback (October 2015)
Draws new attention to popular protest in medieval English towns, away from the more frequently studied theme of rural revolt.
Cultures of Plague, Paperback (March 2011)
Cultures of Plague highlights this most feared epidemic, one that threatened Italy from 1575 to 1578 and unleashed an avalanche of plague writing. In the heartland of Counter-Reformation Italy, physicians, along with those outside the profession, questioned the foundations of Galenic and Renaissance medicine, even the role of God.
Creating the Florentine State, Paperback (September 2008)
A comprehensive approach to the political history of the Renaissance, examining the mountainous periphery of the Florentine state.
Black Death Transformed, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
The Black Death in Europe, from its arrival in 1347-52 through successive waves into the early modern period, has been seriously misunderstood. Unshackled from this misconception, this book turns to its subject afresh, using sources spread across geographical tract, from Lisbon to Uzbekistan, Sicily to Scotland.
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Author Biography - Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.
Samuel K. Cohn, Jr., is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow. Among his books are The Cult of Remembrance and the Black Death and Women in the Streets.
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