Italian states of the renaissance

Italian states of the renaissance

ITALIAN STATES OF THE RENAISSANCE EQ: HOW DID POLITICS IN ITALY DURING THE RENAISSANCE? FIVE MAJOR STATES Milan- Highly centralized with taxes and strong government. Venice- Mostly maritime ruled by oligarchy of wealthy merchants/aristocrats. Florence- Controlled my Medici family that valued culture. Papal States- Ruled over Central Italy and the Pope was at the center.

Naples- Southern Italy mostly peasants and not culturally significant. INDEPENDENT CITY-STATES Ruled by powerful families including the Mantua, Ferrara, and Urbino. Made money through condottiere, or mercenaries. (paid soldiers) Women played a more pivotal

role in government as men were often absent in war. Isabella dEste of Mantua WAR IN ITALY French and Spanish wanted to gain footholds in Italy. France under Charles VIII occupied Naples in late 1400s

Under Charles I, Spain dominated Italy in 1500s. Italy never unifies again until 1870 and gains nationhood. MODERN DIPLOMACY Use of ambassadors to promote peace and establish diplomatic relationships. Focus changed on the beliefs and goals of each city-state or territory not the body of Christendom.

Marks the beginning of modern politics relating to international relations. Mr. Casners favorite quote: DIPLOMACY IS TELLING SOMEONE TO GO TO HELL AND MAKING HIM FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT. MACHIAVELLI Served under Medici family of Florence in late 1400s as diplomat. Exiled and wrote The Princebook on political power in West.

Book explains how a Prince must use ruthless measures to achieve power. Better to be feared than loved DOCUMENT BASED QUESTIONS Letters of Isabella dEste p. 342 How do these letters portray women as political leaders during the Renaissance?

The Prince vs. Education of a Christian Prince p. 345 Why did Machiavelli and Erasmus reflect different Renaissance values and qualities?

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