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Description - Age, Marriage and Politics in Fifteenth-century Ragusa by David Rheubottom

This book combines the interdisciplinary insights of history, anthropology, and computing to examine the interrelationships between politics, kinship, and marriage in a late-medieval city-state. At the heart of the study is a reconsideration of 'office' and the ways in which ties of kinship and marriage were mobilized to build electoral success. In fifteenth-century Ragusa (present-day Dubrovnik) membership of the Great Council, which nominated and elected office-holders, was restricted to the legitimate male offspring of patrician brides and grooms. The patrician class was highly endogamous, and the relationship between endogamy and electoral support is an important theme running through this book. A related theme concerns the age differences between spouses, which are shown to have important structural implications for the organization of the casata, kinship relations, and marriage ties. These implications are investigated using a variety of innovative methods, including cohort analysis and computer simulation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198234128
ISBN-10: 0198234120
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 163mm x 18mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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