MSS Lecture Sam Cohn, 'War & Popular Protest: The Popolo and the Italian Wars, 1494-1559'

30-09-2019 from 17:00 to 18:00
Ghent, Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn building, 3rd floor, Meeting Room 'Camelot'
Stefan Meysman
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First lunch lecture of the 2019-2020 Medieval Seminar Series with Prof. Samuel Cohn (University of Glasgow)

For the kick off lecture of the 2019-2020 Medieval Seminar Series, we have the pleasure of hosting Prof. Samuel Cohn from the University of Glasgow. Prof. Cohn is a historian and renowned specialist of the history of popular unrest in late medieval and early modern Europe and in the history of disease and medicine.

He will be speaking on 'War and Popular Protest: The Popolo and the Italian Wars, 1494-1559'.


This paper will argue that changes in the forms and character of popular protest in Italy from its late fourteenth-century heyday to the period of the Italian wars, 1494 to 1559, were almost as striking as the supposed changes pictured in sociological models of revolt between the so-called ‘preindustrial’ riot to ‘modern’ revolts of the nineteenth century. These unexamined changes in the historiography of popular protest, however, may not be what we might have expected.  At the end, this paper will also reflect on a recent spate of political science bestsellers on the ‘end of democracy’ from a more in-depth historical vantage point--that of the growth of autocracies and the widening of inequalities from c. 1470 to the end of the Italian wars.

The lecture will take place at 17:00 in the Meeting Room Camelot (3rd floor of the Blandijn building in Ghent)