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A great and wretched city : promise and failure in Machiavelli's Florentine political thought

Author: Mark Jurdjevic
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2014]
Series: I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The book is structured around two arguments. First, it makes a general argument that significant and as yet unrecognized aspects of Machiavelli's political thought were distinctly Florentine in inspiration, content, and purpose. The book then advances the more specific argument that Machiavelli's political and historical writings from the 1520s espouse a more engaged, activist republican agenda than any of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Jurdjevic
ISBN: 9780674725461 0674725468
OCLC Number: 861478406
Description: 295 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the Florentine question --
The Savonarolan lens --
Roman doubts --
Nobles and noble culture in the Florentine histories --
A new view of the people --
The Albizzi regime in the Florentine histories --
The virtues and vices of Medici power in the Florentine histories --
The failure of Florentine institutions --
Conclusion : Machiavelli's republican realism.
Series Title: I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history.
Responsibility: Mark Jurdjevic.

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Dispelling the myth that Florentine politics offered only negative lessons, Mark Jurdjevic shows that significant aspects of Machiavelli's political thought were inspired by his native city.  Read more...

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