Urban Space and Political Power in Spanish Milan

04 Juli 2022 | 11:00 — 12:30

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, while the ambitious reorganization of the urban fabric sponsored by princes and ruling elites transformed most Italian cities, Spanish Milan did not undergo any substantial renovations. In order to preserve peace and stability in an essential strategic region of the empire, Madrid abdicated a high degree of local power to the patriciate and the church and refrained from displaying its might within the urban fabric through new majestic buildings or permanent depictions of the king.

Chair: Enrico Valseriati, FBK-ISIG

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Rospocher, FBK-ISIG
Sandra Toffolo, FBK-ISIG
Enrico Valseriati, FBK-ISIG


Cycle of seminars: “Tavola ovale di storia moderna


The event will be held in English

The presentation will take place online

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Immage: Biblioteca FBK


  • Stefano D’Amico
    Stefano D’Amico is a professor of history at Texas Tech University. He is a specialist in early modern European socio-economic history and urban history, with a focus on Italy. He has published two books (Spanish Milan. A City within the Empire, 1535-1706, New York: Palgrave, 2012 (Italian translation: Nel cuore della monarchia: Milano nell’età spagnola, 1535-1706, Milano EduCatt, 2019); Le contrade e la città. Sistema produttivo e spazio urbano a Milano fra Cinque e Seicento (Milano: Franco Angeli, 1994) and several articles on Milanese society and economy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that have appeared in Nuova Rivista Storica, Social History, The Sixteenth Century Journal and The Journal of Family History and other journals. He has recently co-edited (with Cinzia Cremonini and Richard Kagan) a monographic issue of Cheiron entitled Spain's Empire of Towns: Roles, Symbols, Powers, 16th-18 th Centuries (2021). He is currently working on a manuscript tentatively entitled The Widow, the Nun, and the Prostitute: Women, Poverty and Survival Strategies in Counter-Reformation Milan.


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