This book gathers together Goldthwaite’s studies of various aspects of the world of the entrepreneur in 15th-century Florence. The subjects of these papers range from the formal education of businessmen in schools of commercial arithmetic to their operations as international bankers, and from the private householder that shaped some of their economic interests (including building a home) to the public urban scene in which they conducted business with one another. A general concern with the way social structures impinge on economic enterprise ties many of these studies together into a methodological as well as a thematic unity.
Table of Contents
Contents: Urban values and the entrepreneur; Schools and teachers of commercial arithmetic in Renaissance Florence; Organizzazione economica e struttura famigliare; Local banking in Renaissance Florence; The Medici Bank and the world of Florentine capitalism; I prezzi del grano a Firenze dal XIV al XVI secolo; The economic value of a Renaissance palace: investment, production, consumption; The Florentine palace as domestic architecture; The building of the Strozzi Palace: the construction industry in Renaissance Florence; Index.