Title

Globalization, Risk-Taking and Violence: Too Much Too Soon in the Late Roman Republic and Pre-Renaissance Italian Cities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2015

Publication Source

Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Volume

28

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

175-190

DOI

10.1080/09557571.2015.1010484

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Past research has found that globalization and political violence have been linked in both modern and less modern times. Normally, groups that have been disadvantaged or displaced by globalization are seen as responsible for these outbreaks of violence. In the case of the Late Republic of Rome and medieval Italy before the Renaissance, violence was actually prompted by major increases in wealth among those who benefited when control of the political system became much more valuable. The increased value raised the stakes of political control and underlay the resulting higher levels of violence.

Keywords

globalization, poltiical violence, political instability, risk sensitivity, relative

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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