• Osvaldo Raggio
Part of the Early Modern History: Society and Culture book series (EMH)


In contrast to the neo-Weberian institutionalist approach to the study of state-building and legitimacy, this chapter reconstructs the process of state formation in terms of close connections among several factors: the practice of feud and banditry, the role of local kin groups, dispute settlement and judicial administration, arbitration and compensation, and relations between center and periphery. The larger context is the Republic of Genoa between the sixteenth and late seventeenth centuries; the particular examples come from a portion of eastern Liguria. These very cases, apparently marginal ones, when investigated deeply and in microscopic fashion, can be symptomatically valuable. They can reveal more broad and general historical realities, and they can ultimately play a decisive role in verifying and questioning interpretive categories and established models, even creating new ones.

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  • Osvaldo Raggio
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  1. 1.University of GenoaGenoaItaly

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