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The major findings of this book indicate that republicanism remained vital in Bologna even into the 1320s, but that the narrowing of oligarchical government, especially after 1306, intensified the exclusionary policies of the popolo, deepened factional strife, and set the stage for the adaptation of a more "protectionist" and destructive policy of political and juridical privilege and politicization of justice. The commune and popolo of Bologna built a political and judicial system that was one of the most innovative and impressive of its age. The popolo's achievements in government and justice were remarkable and constituted more than the "intermezzo" label given it by some historians. But the popolo also contributed a legacy of political and judicial repression to the signorial regimes of its successors.

Keywords: Bologna; popolo



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