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Machiavelli's Florentine Republic

  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107125506


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  • What do modern republics have to fear? Machiavelli's Florentine Republic reconstructs Machiavelli's answer to this question from the perspective of the Florentine Histories, his most probing meditation on the fate of republican politics in the modern age. It argues that his principle goal in narrating the defeat of Florentine republicanism is to debunk the views of leading humanists concerning the overall health of republican politics in modernity and the distinctive challenges that modern republics should expect to face. The Medici family had exposed these vulnerabilities better than anyone else, and Machiavelli reconstructs their political strategy to show how conventional ideas of moral and political virtue are the most potent instruments of princely ambition in a city that wants to be free.

    • Makes the Florentine Histories accessible to contemporary audiences interested in Machiavelli's political theory, and especially his republicanism
    • Introduces readers to key examples of this primary source material,and offers extended comparative analyses with the Histories
    • Highlights where and how Machiavelli is engaging with questions central to political theory, including those at the heart of The Prince and The Discourses
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107125506
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Another republicanism
    3. Italy after the inundation
    4. The questionable virtues of the Medici
    5. Republican virtue, reconsidered
    6. Conclusion

  • Author

    Michelle T. Clarke, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    Michelle T. Clarke is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2007. Clarke's research focuses on Machiavelli, Florentine humanism, Roman political thought, and interpretive methods. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics, History of Political Thought, Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and the Review of Politics.

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