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Reading Machiavelli : scandalous books, suspect engagements, and the virtue of populist politics

Author: John P McCormick; Robert Tempio; Matt Rohal
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To what extent was Machiavelli a 'Machiavellian'"? Was he an amoral adviser of tyranny or a stalwart partisan of liberty? A neutral technician of power politics or a devout Italian patriot? A reviver of pagan virtue or initiator of modern nihilism? Reading Machiavelli answers these questions through original interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli's three major political works--The Prince, Discourses, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli; Niccolò Machiavelli
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John P McCormick; Robert Tempio; Matt Rohal
ISBN: 9780691183503 0691183503
OCLC Number: 1050721955
Description: xi, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Vulgarity and virtuosity: Machiavelli's elusive "effectual truth" --
Part I. The passion of Duke Valentino: Cesare Borgia, biblical allegory, and The prince --
"Keep the public rich and the citizens poor": Economic inequality and political corruption in the Discourses --
On the myth of a conservative turn in the Florentine histories --
Part II. Rousseau's repudiation of Machiavelli's democratic roman republic --
Leo Strauss's Machiavelli and the querelle between the few and the many --
The Cambridge school's "Guicciardinian moments" revisited --
Summation. Scandalous writings, dubious readings, and the virtues of popular empowerment --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: John P. McCormick ; [Editorial: Rob Tempio and Matt Rohal].

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"To what extent was Machiavelli a 'Machiavellian'"? Was he an amoral adviser of tyranny or a stalwart partisan of liberty? A neutral technician of power politics or a devout Italian patriot? A reviver of pagan virtue or initiator of modern nihilism? Reading Machiavelli answers these questions through original interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli's three major political works--The Prince, Discourses, and Florentine Histories--and demonstrates that a radically democratic populism seeded the Florentine's scandalous writings. John McCormick challenges the misguided understandings of Machiavelli set forth by prominent thinkers, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau and representatives of the Straussian and Cambridge schools." -- Publisher's description.

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"This analysis should be essential to any comprehensive treatment of the Florentine's thought."---R. Heineman, Choice "A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year"

 
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