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Machiavelli and Empire

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  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521072168

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  • Mikael Hörnqvist challenges us to rethink the overall meaning and importance of Machiavelli's political thinking. Machiavelli and Empire combines close textual analysis of The Prince and The Discourses with a broad historical approach, to establish the importance of empire-building and imperial strategy in Machiavelli's thought. The primary context of Machiavelli's work, Hörnqvist argues, is not the mirror-for-princes genre or medieval and Renaissance republicanism in general, but a tradition of Florentine imperialist republicanism dating back to the late thirteenth-century, based on the twin notions of liberty at home and empire abroad. Weaving together themes and topics drawn from contemporary Florentine political debate, Medicean ritual and Renaissance triumphalism, this study explores how Machiavelli in his chancery writings and theoretical works promoted the long standing aspirations of Florence to become a great and expanding empire, modelled on the example of the ancient Roman republic. This is a distinctive and important work.

    • 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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    Review of the hardback: 'Mikael Hörnqvist's Machiavelli and Empire is an impressive analysis of the political and cultural context in which Machiavelli actually wrote his works.' Heythrop Journal

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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?

  • Author

    Mikael Hörnqvist, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
    Mikael Hörnqvist teaches in the Department of the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University in Sweden.

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