Institutional and Governing Organization of the Municipality of Shkodra during the First Half of the XIV Century (According to “The Statutes of Shkodra”)
AbstractThis paper is dedicated to the political and institutional organization as well as to the election of the governing bodies in the municipality of Shkodra during the first decades of the XIV century, observed mainly through the legal provisions of the juridical medieval book of this city, The Statutes of Shkodra. Modeled mainly after the configuration of the Dalmatian towns along Adriatic and under the partial influence of the Slavic - Byzantine world, Statutes of Shkodra constitute a source of irreplaceable value for the "de Visu" knowledge of governing and institutional life of the city of Shkodra, North Albania's capital city since the medieval and ancient times until today. Governing bodies of the municipality of Shkodra in the first decades of the fourteenth century, have similarities with medieval municipal organization models of Italian-Dalmatian and Western Europe cities.
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