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Business & Politics. By: Lorenzo, Hayoung, Valerie, & Sabrina. The Italian States. The lack of a centralized government allowed for city-states to develop. Milan Venice Florence . Milan. Located in northern Italy at the crossroads of the main trade routes.

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business politics

Business & Politics

By: Lorenzo, Hayoung, Valerie, & Sabrina

the italian states
The Italian States
  • The lack of a centralized government allowed for city-states to develop.
  • Milan
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Located in northern Italy at the crossroads of the main trade routes.
  • One of the richest city states in Italy.
  • The Visconti family established themselves as dukes of Milan.
  • After the last Visconti ruler died, Francesco Sforza became ruler.
  • Both these two family worked to build a strong government and made large sums of money through taxes from the government.
  • Became an international power because it linked Asia and western Europe.
  • It officially was a republic with a leader called a doge.
  • But actually a small group of rich merchants ran the government of Venice for their own interests.
  • Cultural center of Italy
  • The Medici family controlled the government from around themselves.
  • Savonarola was in power for a short period of timebefore government.
  • Niccolo' Machiavelli wrote the book The Prince.
  • The Prince is about how to gain and maintain political power.
renaissance society the nobility
Renaissance Society: The Nobility
  • The Book of the Courtier explains what was expected if you were a noble.
      • A noble was born, not made. They were expected to have character, grace, and talent.
      • Noble needed to be a warrior and be educated.
      • Nobles needed to follow a certain code of conduct.
renaissance society the peasants and townspeople
Renaissance Society: The Peasants and Townspeople
  • The Urban Society
    • Patricians: They dominated economically, socially, politically.
  • Burghers: Shopkeepers, artisans, guild masters.
  • Workers: Poor class. They earned pitiful wages and lived miserably.
renaissance society family and marriage
Renaissance Society: Family and Marriage.
  • Parents arranged marriages
  • Dowry: was a sum of money paid to the family of the husband by the wife's family.
  • Father / Husband controlled the lives of everyone in the household.
  • Fathers had to go to court to free his children.This is when adulthood came about.
key terms
Key Terms
  • Guild: a type of trade association
  • Apprentice: a young person being trained in craft
  • Capitalism: based on trade and capital
  • Commercial Revolution: New business methods and models