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    Posted: 25 Nov 2012 at 06:11
From the Archives. Originally posted June 15, 2009 by Calvo

Originally posted by Calvo Calvo wrote:

Many of the states in late medieval Italy, such as Genoa and Venice, were republics.
Were they real democracies in that all citizens could vote, or only the aristocracy could have a say in politics?
Were their constitutions similar to that of the Roman republic?

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I remember reading in the case of the State of Venice in the beginning the doge ruled Venice as an autocracy then it changed when the doge began to lose power due to the pledge taken when elected, because of that the doge could not do much without the great council which was composed of patrician families, so my guess would be that specifically in the case of the State of Venice, i don't know about others, i think only the aristocracy could actually vote, as of the constitution im not to sure.  
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