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Family Memory in the Early Modern Age: The Case of Tuscany

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Family history has been the object of increasing attention of historians and literary historians over these last thirty years. A new course of study began about thirty years ago when Italian family books were highlighted and considered an autonomous genre, and then scholars from differing fields both in team and individually have attempted to analyze their structure and function, the motives of their authors, and characteristics of their social contexts. This chapter deals with enthusiasm by a group of young volunteer scholars in mid-1980s, it has produced partial results for some Italian regions where there was less material or there were more scholars, but it has remained in a nearly embryonal state from the point of view of quantity in the area of absolutely greatest concentration of family memory writings: Tuscany.

Keywords: Family Memory; Florentine; Italian regions; literary historians; Tuscany



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