Fabrizio Ansani – The Munitions of the Republic. Production, Commerce, and Management of Materiel in Renaissance Florence – Data del conseguimento: 04/12/2018

Autore: Fabrizio Ansani

Titolo: The Munitions of the Republic. Production, Commerce, and Management of Materiel in Renaissance Florence

Relatore: Prof. Walter Panciera

Università: Università degli Studi di Padova

Intitolazione del Dottorato: Dottorato di ricerca in studi storici, geografici e antropologici

Ciclo: XXX

Data del conseguimento: 12/04/2018

Abstract: This doctoral dissertation presents a collection of eight articles, published on different scientific journals and focused on the theme of the production of weapons in Renaissance Florence. Developing from the problematic military issues of the Florentine Republic, the essays o outline the structures of the offices charged with the organization of the army, analyzing their expenses in particular. The interest of the Dieci di Balìa and the Otto di Pratica in the manufacture of munitions will reveal the existence of a lively market in arms, characterized by the involvement of numerous craftsmen and important firms, the polycentrism of factories and arsenals, and the innovations in several goods, such as artillery. From the first experimentations on bronze bombards to the adoption of the French style ordnance, in fact, firearms and gunmakers will be at the core of the whole research. Comparative papers will examine developments in practices and technological transfers, as well as their repercussions on actual warfare. The case study of the conflict between Florence and Pisa, one of the most important campaign of the late fifteenth century, will lastly underline aspects and concerns of the procurement of arms, a “revolutionary challenge” in terms of administration, production, and credit.

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