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Political transitions in ancient Greece and medieval Italy: An analytic narrative

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversity of Bristol, Department of Economics
Number of pages15
DatePublished - 1 Oct 2013

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PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)364235239
ISSN (Electronic)364235239


© 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights are reserved.Models of political transitions have mostly focused on the 19th and 20th centuries. Their setup tends to be specific to the contemporary period. This chapter reviews the events that led to democracy in ancient Athens and to rule by council in medieval Venice. We confront the available models of political transition with these events. We find evidence that war and economic conditions played a key role. The political economy models that incorporate these features do well in explaining the transitions in both ancient Athens and medieval Venice.

    Research areas

  • Ancient Greece; Athens; Democracy; Genoa; Political transitions; Republic; Venice; Wars


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