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very rich unpublished documentation of Tuscan archives.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also edited unpublished sources as: 1) the political and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.