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Paolo Pirillo

Full Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Adjunct professor

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Academic discipline: M-STO/01 Medieval History


Keywords: Territorial State Population Medieval Demography Settlements Economy Local History Public History

Paolo Pirillo is mainly interested on the political and  institutional history of italian communes, with particular focus on the building of a territorial policy and the relationship between the city of Florence ant its territory. He also works on the economic and social world of late medieval italian countryside.

Paolo Pirillo's main research project focuses on the making of the Florentine territorial state from the late XIIth to the XVth century with a  political, institutional and socio-economic approche. His enquiries are based on the very rich unpublished documentation of Tuscan archives. Within this framework, he is also concerned with the history of rural population and settlements in the Florentine countryside. He also edited unpublished sources as: 1) the political and institutional records of Florentine city councils; 2) sharecroping (“mezzadria”) contracts in the XIIIth Senese Countryside; 3) a memoir of a pilgrimage in Palestine writen by a senese priest of the XVth century.