Ciompi Revolt Research Paper

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Revolt – my section: The Revolt of the Ciompi was a popular revolt which occurred in Florence in 1378, spear-headed by wool carders known as Ciompi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃompi]) and other non-guilded workers who rose up to demand a voice in the commune's ordering, in addition to enacting debt and tax reforms. The Ciompi revolt was an outburst of proletariat unrest in the city of Florence that began in June 1978 and consisted of three phases ending in August of the same year . It was the result of a power struggle between Florence’s ruling elites, the established artisan guilds of Florence, and Sotto posti (or un-guilded) which included the Ciompi; a group of low-wage textile workers employed in Florence’s thriving wool industry. At its height, this trade sold fabrics throughout Italy as well as overseas and employed up to a third of Florence’s population . Many of the issues leading to the revolt of the Ciompi involved the politics and relations between guild and non-guild members, as well as the ruling elites of the city (the Signoria). Guild members and the guild system were important aspects of Florence’s politics by 1378, where they acted as political intermediaries between the individuals in their guild and the state. Guilds enforced industrial, fiscal, and monetary policy which benefitted their trades and the lives of their workers in addition to…show more content…
Nevertheless it was yet to become a full blown revolt. The Signoria attempted to appease the lower classes through talks and petitions, although ultimately suggested little change and still left the Ciompi guild less and without power or representation in government. The procrastination of the Signoria and half measures adopted therefore led to the second phase of the

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