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Description - Prato by Alick M. McLean

This handsome book recounts the historical development of one city republic, Prato in Tuscany, from the eleventh through the fourteenth century. In telling the story of Prato's origins, construction, and demise, Alick McLean considers the planning, art, architecture, politics, faith, and daily life of Prato and its citizens, showing how major historical events and trends in the Italian middle ages were experienced within the architecture and streetscapes of this particular place. McLean's meticulous research is supported by a rich array of stunning new photography, plans, and maps. Together they provide a clear picture of what differentiates Italy's medieval communes from its ancient cities: the interest in economic growth rather than exclusively centralized military and administrative hegemony. This history of urban form in Prato shows how the commune sought to fashion a democratic version of urban life, one based primarily on rational, systematic, and legislative order, rather than religious belief and private interests, and it examines what happened to that experiment

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300137149
ISBN-10: 0300137141
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alick M. McLean

Alick M. McLean teaches medieval architecture and European and Mediterranean urban history at Syracuse University in Florence.