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Contents Lists of Tables and Figures Preface Introduction. Background: the Commercial Revolution A. Economic Growth and Development in Italy to 1300: trade with the Levant, links to the north. B. The Tuscan Towns. C. Florence: rise to predominance, the dynamics of growth. Part I. International Merchant-Banking 1. The Network A. Performance: dynamics of change, periodization, the era of the florin, balance of payments. B. Structures-business organization: the firm, the conduct of business, inter- firm relations. C. The center-Florence as emporium. 2. The Shifting Geography of Commerce A. Northwestern Europe. B. Naples and Southern Italy. C. The Western Mediterranean: a transport revolution, the Iberian peninsula, southern France, the later sixteenth century. D. Central Italy and Rome. E. Venice, the Adriatic and the Levant. F. Central Europe. 3. Banking and Finance A. Banking: deposits and loans, international transfer and exchange, the bill of exchange as credit instrument. B. The international exchange market. C. Government finance: loans to rulers, the papacy, competition and innovation in the sixteenth century. Part II. The Urban Economy 4. The Textile Industries A. General Performance: the wool industry, the silk industry, linen drapers. B. Business organization: the firm, operations beyond the firm. C. Production: the shop, the work force. D. Recapitulation: wool, silk and the economy. 5. Artisans, Shopkeepers, Workers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. The labor Force: guilds, artisans, workers on the margins of the market. B. Performance of the Artisan Sector: demand-driven growth, parameters of the local market. 6. Banking and Credit A. Banking Institutions Through the Fifteenth Century: introduction, local banks, pawnbrokers, welfare institutions, banks and the government, lack of a banking system. B. Performance of the Banking Sector: practices, economic functions, bankruptcies. C. Banking outside of banks: offsetting, the private credit market. D. New Directions in the Sixteenth Century: a public savings and loan bank, a central clearance bank? conclusion 7. Contexts A. Government- Its Role in the Economy: economic policy, fiscal policy, business interests in government. B. The Region-Links to the Urban Economy: urban geography, industrial resources, agriculture, economic integration. C. Society-The Distribution of Wealth: social mobility, a profile of wealth distribution in 1427, redistribution of wealth in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Conclusion A. Economic Culture: attitudes and behavior, notions about the economy. B. Performance: the economy in the short run, a final judgment.. Appendix: Changing Values of the Florin Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Florence (Italy) -- Economic conditions.
Renaissance -- Italy -- Florence.