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21:01 Feb 13, 2007
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Italian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - History
Italian term or phrase: libero Comune
For a tourist brochure. This article is about the history of Arezzo.

È la rinascita successiva al Mille ad innescare un nuovo fermento economico. Emblema della ripresa è la nascita del libero Comune.

I was using "free city-state", but I also saw this as "independent Council", and Wikipedia has a whole article in which this (in the same historic context) is called "Comune". However, I am not completely convinced of the latter.
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MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
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free Commune

According to Garzanti Linguistico, the term "comune" was historically used primarily in Italy, France, and Belgium. In United States English, it would be called a "municipality".

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agree  Alfredo Tutino: In fact the Encyclopedia Americana has an article about "Commune" as "medieval town govt." (vol 7 p. 421...)
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agree  James (Jim) Davis: Agree, although the in my very long experience the only guarantee a Garzanti dictionary gives is that you have to check it.
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free community

Arezzo became a powerful free community, in which the ruling party was frequently the Ghibellines whose rivals were the Guephs, the rulers of the powerful city of Florence. After the Guelphs routed the Ghibellines at Campaldino (1289), near Poppi, the fortunes of Arezzo declined, and it spite of a recovery under the Tarlati, the city finally surrendered to Florence (1384). In 1535 it was incorporated, with the rest of Tuscany, into the Medici Grand Duchy.

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