Isabella Lazzarini

in Communication and Conflict

Published in print September 2015 | ISBN: 9780198727415
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793530 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies In Medieval European History


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The word ‘communication’ is adopted in this chapter to allude to the creation and maintenance of an open field of communicating channels between powers different in status, formal recognition, and strength. From the first big leagues in the second half of the fourteenth century to the fifteenth-century leagues, a heterogeneous group of professionals of oral and written communication was increasingly entrusted with the duty of keeping open and active a broad diplomatic communication system. Its purpose was both to contain every conflict within a negotiating framework, and to select the only legitimate protagonists of the Italian political system. The creation and maintenance of a common and effective communication system also needed the construction of a shared and widespread discourse on non-aggressive interaction. A web of words and discursive strategies linked to communication increasingly translated international interactions into a shared frame of concepts, practices, and tools.

Keywords: communication; interaction; discussion; league; agreements; conflict

Chapter.  8305 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) ; Political History

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