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Tyranny : a new interpretation

Author: Waller Randy Newell
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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This is the first comprehensive exploration of ancient and modern tyranny in the history of political thought. Waller R. Newell traces the varieties of tyranny from the steely determination of  Read more...


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Named Person: Niccolò Machiavelli
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Waller Randy Newell
ISBN: 9781107610736 1107610737 9781107010321 1107010322
OCLC Number: 875276275
Notes: This is the first comprehensive exploration of ancient and modern tyranny in the history of political thought. Waller R. Newell argues that modern tyranny and statecraft differ fundamentally from the classical understanding. Newell demonstrates a historical shift in emphasis from the classical thinkers' stress on the virtuous character of rulers and the need for civic education to the modern emphasis on impersonal institutions and cold-blooded political method. By diagnosing the varieties of tyranny from erotic voluptuaries like Nero, the steely determination of reforming conquerors like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar and modernizing despots such as Napoleon and Ataturk to the collectivist revolutions of the Jacobins, Bolsheviks, Nazis and Khmer Rouge, Newell shows how tyranny is every bit as dangerous to free democratic societies today as it was in the past.
Description: x, 544 str. ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: the conquest of eros; 1. The ontology of tyranny; 2. The tyrant and the statesman in Plato's political philosophy and Machiavelli's rejoinder; 3. Superlative virtue, monarchy, and political community in Aristotle's Politics; 4. Tyranny and the art of ruling in Xenophon's Education of Cyrus; 5. Machiavelli, Xenophon, and Xenophon's Cyrus; 6. Glory and reputation: Machiavelli's new prince; 7. The republic in motion: Machiavelli's vision of the new Rome; Conclusion: tyranny ancient and modern; Epilogue: the hermeneutical problem of tyranny; Bibliography.
Responsibility: Waller R. Newell.


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'Learned, searching essays directed toward the recovery of the notion of tyranny from Machiavelli's almost successful attempt to suppress it. Anyone who wants to understand modern politics will Read more...

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