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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Quentin Skinner

Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

Quentin Skinner

Series: Very Short Introductions

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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil so that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner traces the course of Machiavelli's adult life, from his time as Second Chancellor of the Florentine republic, during which he met with kings, the pope, and the Holy Roman Emperor; to the fall of the republic in 1512; to his death in 1527. It was after the fall of the Republic that Machiavelli composed his main political works: The Prince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence. In this second edition of his Very Short Introduction Skinner includes new material on The Prince, showing how Machiavelli developed his neo-classical political theory, through engaging in continual dialogue with the ancient Roman moralists and historians, especially Cicero and Livy. The aim of political leaders, Machiavelli argues, should be to act virtuously so far as possible, but to stand ready 'to be not good' when this course of action is dictated by necessity. Exploring the pivotal concept of princely virtu to be found in classical and Renaissance humanist texts, Skinner brings new light to Machiavelli's philosophy of a willingness to do whatever may be necessary - whether moral or otherwise -to maintain a position of power. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Very Short Introductions
Release date: June 2019
Authors: Quentin Skinner
Dimensions: 174 x 111 x 11mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-883757-2
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 0-19-883757-7
Barcode: 9780198837572

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