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The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval CitiesItaly and the Southern Low Countries, 1370-1440$
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Patrick Lantschner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198734635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734635.001.0001

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Modes of Conflict

Modes of Conflict

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The Logic of Political Conflict in Medieval Cities

Patrick Lantschner

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the different modes through which urban political conflict manifested itself in the late Middle Ages. Such forms of behaviour were often closely related to ideas and practices associated with political, legal, and jurisdictional frameworks. Protest involved the making of claims to superior jurisdictional agencies through assemblies and petitions, but could also take more concealed routes through law courts or be articulated through other less obvious strategies of protest. Constitutional bargaining entailed direct negotiations through elections, councils, and other regularized forms of interaction governed by rules that could be manipulated or newly imposed by groups controlling particular jurisdictional institutions. The final stage of conflict was reached when city dwellers engaged in open warfare and appropriated for themselves ideas about, and forms of, violence associated with just war, itself a licit mode of conflict in the divided world outside the city walls.

Keywords:   practice, protest, petition, law court, negotiation, bargaining, war, violence

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