The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) is the most famous and controversial figure in the history of political thought and one of the iconic names of the Renaissance. The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli brings together sixteen original essays by leading experts, covering his life, his career in Florentine government, his reaction to the dramatic changes that affected Florence and Italy in his lifetime, and the most prominent themes of his thought, including the founding, evolution, and corruption of republics and principalities, class conflict, liberty, arms, religion, ethics, rhetoric, gender, and the Renaissance dialogue with antiquity. In his own time Machiavelli was recognized as an original thinker who provocatively challenged conventional wisdom. With penetrating analyses of The Prince, Discourses on Livy, Art of War, Florentine Histories, and his plays and poetry, this book offers a vivid portrait of this extraordinary thinker as well as assessments of his place in Western thought since the Renaissance.
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"...with a splendid collection of essays that showcase the many ways in which politics and language merged seamlessly in Machiavelli’s life and works."
-MARK JURDJEVIC,Glendon College, York University
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John M. Najemy is Professor of History at Cornell University.
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chronology xii

Introduction John M. Najemy 1

1 Niccolò Machiavelli: a portrait James B. Atkinson 14

2 Machiavelli in the chancery Robert Black 31

3 Machiavelli, Piero Soderini, and the republic of 1494-1512 Roslyn Pesman 48

4 Machiavelli and the Medici Humfrey Butters 64

5 Machiavelli's Prince in the epic tradition Wayne A. Rebhorn 80

6 Society, class, and state in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy John M. Najemy 96

7 Machiavelli's military project and the Art of War Mikael Hörnqvist 112

8 Machiavelli's Florentine Histories Anna Maria Cabrini 128

9 Machiavelli and Rome: the republic as ideal and as history J. G. A. Pocock 144

10 Philosophy and religion in Machiavelli Alison Brown 157

11 Rhetoric and ethics in Machiavelli Virginia Cox 173

12 Machiavelli and poetry Albert Russell Ascoli Angela Matilde Capodivacca 190

13 Comedian, tragedian: Machiavelli and traditions of Renaissance theater Ronald L. Martinez 206

14 Machiavelli and gender Barbara Spackman 223

15 Machiavelli's afterlife and reputation to the eighteenth century Victoria Kahn 239

16 Machiavelli in political thought from the age of revolutions to the present Jérémie Barthas 256

Index 274

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