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- DescriptionThe manufacture of luxury textiles, such as silk, was central to an Italian Renaissance ecomy based on status and conspicuous consumption. From the rapidly changing fashions that drove demand to the jobs created for craftsmen, weavers, and merchants, the wealth and prestige associated with silk throughout Europe made it Italy's leading export industry. In this important book, Luca Mola examines the silk industry in Renaissance Venice amid changing markets, suppliers, producers, and government regulations. Drawing on archival research and a vast amount of European scholarship, Mola documents the invations Venetians made in manufacturing and marketing to spur the silk industry. He uncovers the alliance between manufacturers and government to promote the industry in a changing international ecomic environment. Through flexible laws, quality was regulated to meet the varying requirements of an increasing range of customers. Mola also analyzes state policy that favored the development and organization of silk producers throughout the Terraferma. His findings contribute in an important way to the ongoing scholarly assessment of Venice's place in the ecomy of the Renaissance and the Mediterranean world.
- Author BiographyLuca Mola is a lecturer in history at the University of Warwick.
- Author(s)Luca Mola
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication09/05/2000
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note20, 20 figures
- Weight794 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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