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13 Territorial Identities

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This chapter focuses on the territory of Lombardy, with the map of collective subjects which populated it from the Visconti era to the Spanish. The perspective taken in this reconnaissance is that of identity, or rather of the conscious self-representation that the territorial actors adopted in their relations with others. Although identity is, by definition, an individual dimension, owing to the impossibility of considering the institutional subjects individually, they will be treated by category, with the aim of focusing on how the various collective personalities arose, their characteristic traits, their impact, and duration. Without continuing with this survey, it is possible to reflect here on the relation of the condition of separation to territorial identity. In the course of its history, the State of Milan saw the birth of a large number of jurisdictional fiefs of various sizes, from village to castello (fortified village), township or city, to entire districts.

Keywords: Spanish era; State of Milan; territory of Lombardy; Visconti era



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