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Alpine Communities and Conflicts from late Medieval to Early Modern Age



Scientific Head: Paolo Pombeni
Scientific Coordinator: Marco Bellabarba
Scientific Coordinator: Carlo Taviani
Collaborators: Alessandro Paris

The project analizes conflicts that arose within communities or among various communities and studies federative processes stemming from the union of several communities. Around that first core of the research a second side has developed with a focus on networks outside the communities; here the role of the aristocrats is analysed as they handle the organization of war.
The study of conflicts and communities focuses on these areas: Valtellina, the Valleys of Non, Sole and Fiemme near Trento and the urban centres of Merano and Bolzano. What characterises these areas is that they are subject to overlapping political and institutional development models: the municipality that begins in Italy but ramifies vigorously up into the Alpine area (e.g. the towns of Trento, Bolzano and Merano) and the class-based Signoria which is originally more common in lands depending on the Empire, but rapidly spread to parts of Italy. Mutual ‘contamination’ among models in the areas identified forms one phase of the research. Around these areas, the project aims to construct a network of other case studies.

The study on extra-local networks will focus on branches of the Arco family.

Final meeting scheduled for spring 2014

Scientific committtee:
Yoshihisa Hattori - Kyoto University, Dean of the Graduate School of Letters and the Faculty of Letters
Massimo della Misericordia, Milan – Bicocca University. Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione "Riccardo Massa"
Hitomi Sato (Konan University, Faculty of Letters)
Marco Bellabarba (Isig-FBK, Trento University)
Carlo Taviani (Isig-FBK)
Alessandro Paris (Isig-FBK)

Taking a number of geographically and chronologically border settings, the project aims to explore the way community groups dominated the organization of space and political coexistence in the Alpine area during the late Middle Ages and Early Modern period.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The project is co-funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto and the University of Kyoto