Come scrivere la storia delle guerre d'Italia ?

Abstract : How to write the history of the wars of Italy? This study focuses on the Storia d'Italia with the aim of comparing the writing of history, the perception of changes in to modern warfare, and theories on the possibility of a bank of knowledge on war. In fact, Guicciardini's intention in this work is to uncover a new rationale in literature behind the war-ridden recent history. In order to understand the details of his intellectual and political venture, we must base our analysis on the need for a non-systematic way of thinking about modern warfare. The first part of this study examines the 'varied nature of the governing of war' depending on the 'context of the time' and the 'skills of the men'. So the study demonstrates the impossibility of an unambiguous reading of contemporary events, and attempts to set out a chronology of the greatest changes in the art of warfare (with specific concern to the shift from the "art of offence" to that "of defence"). The perception of this open, dynamic thinking is even stronger given that the author was a participant in and a witness to all that had happened on the peninsula since 1494. This is also the reason - which is addressed in the second part of our study - why it is important to remind the reader of the author's choice to wait for his account of the 1521 campaign to reveal earlier evolutions and changes, which could have been displayed earlier in the text. In this way, the historian presents the principles of the evolution of modern warfare and the maturing of a school of thought on that war as part of a gradual twofold process, thus transforming historiography into a type of template for knowledge on war.
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Berra, Claudia ; Cabrini, Anna Maria ;. La "Storia d'Italia" di Guicciardini e la sua fortuna, Cisalpino, pp.181-219, 2012, 978-88-205-1031-2
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Jean-Louis Fournel, Jean-Claude Zancarini. Come scrivere la storia delle guerre d'Italia ?. Berra, Claudia ; Cabrini, Anna Maria ;. La "Storia d'Italia" di Guicciardini e la sua fortuna, Cisalpino, pp.181-219, 2012, 978-88-205-1031-2. 〈halshs-00745788〉



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