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Kirk, Thomas Allison. Genoa and the sea: Policy and power in an early modern maritime republic, 1559–1684. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). xiii, , 276 pp.; illus. $18.00
"Genoa enjoyed an important and ever-changing role in the early modern Mediterranean world. In medieval times, the city transformed itself from a tumultuous maritime republic into one of the most important financial centers in Europe. When Spanish influence in the Mediterranean world began to decline, Genoa, its prosperity closely linked with Spain's, again had to reinvent itself and its economic stature. Thomas Allison Kirk reconstructs the early modern Mediterranean world and studies Genoa's attempts to evolve in the dynamic political and economic landscape. He focuses on efforts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to revive shipbuilding and maritime commerce as a counterbalance to the city's volatile financial sector. A key component to the plan was a free-port policy that attracted merchants and stimulated trade" (dust jacket).
Publisher's black cloth with red lettering to spine; extremities lightly bumped, white smudge on front board. In original pictorial dust jacket; light edgewear. One page dog-eared, interior is otherwise clean. Very good. (40291) Please RESHELVE This.
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