Armando Sapori

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Sapori, Armando


Born July 11, 1892, in Siena. Italian historian. Member of the National Academy of Lincei; honorary doctorates from the Sorbonne and the University of Poitiers.

Sapori is the author of richly documented monographs devoted mainly to the socioeconomic history of Italy, for example, the history of commerce, the banks, the merchant class, and various companies. He has also written on the Renaissance—which he believes began in the 12th century—and on the economic history of Italy from the 17th to the 20th century.


La crisi delle compagnie mercantili dei Bardi e dei Peruzzi. Florence, 1926.
Una compagnia di Calimala: Ai primi del Trecento. Florence, 1932.
Le Marchand italien au moyen-âge. Paris, 1952.
Studi di storia economica (Secoli XIII-XIV-XV), 3rd ed., vols. 1–3. Florence, 1955–67.
L’età della Rinascita, secoli XIII-XVI. Milan [1958].
Attività manifatturiera in Lombardia dal 1600 al 1914. Milan, 1959.
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This runs counter to the views voiced long ago by Federico Melis and Armando Sapori, who assumed that the cash-box and barter were sufficient resources to meet the needs of merchants like these.
The fundamental source upon which the analysis is based is Armando Sapori's edition of the surviving Peruzzi books (I libri di commercio dei Peruzzi, Milan, 1934).