Local Practices and State Authority: Reflections on the Criminal Policy of the Genoese Oligarchy

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


This chapter describes the policies of the Genoese oligarchy between the late sixteenth and the late seventeenth centuries, showing how criminal policies and pacification were the main instruments by which oligarchic power was legitimated. A very significant aspect of the relationship between Genoese authorities and the communities throughout the territory was the translation into judicial procedure of a set of practices tied to local social organization. The connection between elements of political debate in Genoa, the refining of tools of governance, and the concrete experiences of Republican officials in local societies brings to light the dialogical character of the sources.

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  • Osvaldo Raggio
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  1. 1.University of GenoaGenoaItaly

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