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Exploring both the political and intellectual contexts within which Machiavelli's political vision was formed, Mikael Hornqvist stresses the classical and rhetorical character of Machiavelli's thought. He analyzes his preoccupation with glory and liberality in relation to the revival of Roman ideas of triumphalism. The result is a revealing account of the formation of Machiavelli's characteristic preoccupations.Read more
- An original yet accessible analysis of the political and intellectual contexts within which Machiavelli's political vision was formed
- Offers a distinctive and important contribution to the historiography both of Machiavelli and of Renaissance empire
- The author is a prominent Scandinavian historian of ideas
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"A learned and intriguing book." CHOICESee more reviews
"Every student of Machiavelli should find this engaging and careful study of Machiavelli's most widely read book highly thought provoking and worthwhile." - Robert Eden, Hillsdale College
"Mikael Hornqvist's book thoughtfully situates Niccolo Machiavelli in historical context and offers many careful, subtle, detailed readings of his works...what I admire most about this book is the meticulousness of Hornqvist's readings' these are the real payoff of this rewarding study." American Historical Review Wayne A. Rebhorn, University of Texas, Austin
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- Date Published: August 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521072168
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Another philosophy
2. The Republic's two ends
3. The natural desire of states
4. To destroy them or to live there
5. The triumphator
6. Rhetoric of hope and despair
7. Sublunar writing
Conclusion: Cui Bono?
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