Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance: Trecento Historians of the Mezzogiorno

1st Edition

Ronald G. Musto

Published November 29, 2018
Reference - 302 Pages - 21 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138702516 - CAT# Y323705
Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

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This volume traces the work of trecento historians of the Mezzogiorno, analyzing it through current methodological and theoretical frameworks. Questioning the current consensus, the book examines how the South as a cultural "other" began evolving over the fourteenth century, and reconsiders the nineteenth-century "Southern Question" concerning the Mezzogiorno’s history, culture and people and its lingering negative image in Europe and America. It also focuses on specific histories, authors and historiographical issues, and reviews how new understandings of the Mediterranean have begun to alter our perceptions of the South in a new global context and as the basis for new historical research.

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