Nowhere had the anarchy and demilitarization of the Middle Ages been more impressive, more splendid, more irremediable
Therein lay his originality. Was he an historian? Verso politician? He was all of these and more, for he possessed some indefinable quality which cannot be described or analyzed, yet is essential; and that undefinable something was his glory. He benaughty was, for example, the only man of his time who knew that Italy was durante danger, and why. Modern European history is unintelligible until we understand that for other nations — for France and England — the Renaissance meant rebirth, but for Italy, suicide. Italy, as the seat of medi?val theocracy, had for centuries possessed special privileges, not the least of which was the endless inflow of precious metal from her tributaries.
Italy was an agglomeration of minute states, the greatest and strongest of which was Venice. The others tried sopra vain puro crystallize, without legitimacy, without tradition, without leaders and without stable laws.czytaj więcej