Age, Marriage, and Politics in Fifteenth-Century Ragusa

Hardcover | May 1, 2000

byDavid Rheubottom

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This book combines the interdisciplinary insights of history, anthropology, and computing to examine the interrelationships between politics, kinship, and marriage in a late-medieval city-state. At the heart of the study is a reconsideration of `office' and the ways in which ties of kinshipand marriage were mobilized to build electoral success. In fifteenth-century Ragusa (present-day Dubrovnik) membership of the Great Council, which nominated and elected office-holders, was restricted to the legitimate male offspring of patrician brides and grooms. The patrician class was highlyendogamous, and the relationship between endogamy and electoral support is an important theme running through this book. A related theme concerns the age differences between spouses, which are shown to have important structural implications for the organization of the casata, kinship relations, andmarriage ties. These implications are investigated using a variety of innovative methods, including cohort analysis and computer simulation.

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This book combines the interdisciplinary insights of history, anthropology, and computing to examine the interrelationships between politics, kinship, and marriage in a late-medieval city-state. At the heart of the study is a reconsideration of `office' and the ways in which ties of kinshipand marriage were mobilized to build electoral...

David Rheubottom is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at University of Manchester.
Format:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198234120

ISBN - 13:9780198234128

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Table of Contents

IntroductionRagusa: Trade and TerritoryRagusan Government and the Quest for OfficesThe CasataCasata Unity: Size and Political MuscleBetrothal Order, Dowry, and the `Sisters First' PrincipleThe Casata, Genealogical Skewing, and Political SupportChanges in the Great Council and Political CompetitionBureaucracy and OfficeConclusion