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A new edited volume by Maartje van Gelder and Claire Judde de Larivière challenges the idea that the city of Venice knew no political conflict and social contestation during the medieval and early modern periods. By examining popular politics as a range of acts of contestation and of constructive popular political participation, the chapters in this book contribute to the broader debate about premodern politics.

Popular Politics in an Aristocratic Republic, made possible by support from the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History and the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, combines recent historiographical approaches to classic themes from political, social, economic, and religious Venetian history with contributions on gender, migration, and urban space. The volume will be essential reading for students of Venetian history, medieval and early modern Italy and Europe, political and social history.