Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu

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The Dialogue in Hell between Montesquieu and Machiavelli is the source of the world's most infamous literary forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. John Waggoner's superb translation of and commentary on Joly's Dialogue—the first faithful translation in English—seeks not only to update the sordid legacy of the Protocols but to redeem Joly's original work for serious study in its own right, rather than through the lens of antisemitism. Waggoner's work vindicates a man who was neither an antisemite nor a supporter of the kind of tyrannical politics the Protocols subsequently served and presents Maurice Joly, once much maligned and too long ignored, as one of the nineteenth century's foremost political thinkers.

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Editorial Reviews

Azure
In addition to teaching us about the permanence of the possibility of tyranny, and its perverse new forms in modernity, Joly compels us to wonder whether our liberalism or Machiavelli's is truer.
Richard Hassing
Joly's Dialogue addresses perennial questions that are now more urgent than ever: What are the prospects for freedom? Is the liberal system universally applicable? Is despotism a benighted remnant of the past or can it develop into new forms? After a century and a half, Joly's thought —repressed, ignored, hijacked, and misunderstood —comes into light [and] his voice is still quite fresh. The bitter irony of the despotic abuse to which this book was put demands redress by renewed access to Joly's liberal, anti-despotic thought. John Waggoner has made this possible for English-speaking readers.
Pierre Manent
A fair and timely reassessment of one of the earliest and most acute analysts of modern despotism.
Robert K. Faulkner
Joly's is a classic diagnosis of distinctively modern despotism, and Waggoner adds to Joly's text an illuminating commentary. This book has lessons for all who love free government.
The Review Of Politics
Joly's work is a briliant account of modern depotism, and of the vulnerability of republicanism to a Machiavellianism aware of the manipulability of popular mechanisms. Joly's updating of Machiavellianism deserves to be read as a prophetic and unwittingly influential document. Having detailed the despotism of its own century and inadvertently contributed to that of the century to come, perhaps in can help our century to learn to formulate an adequate response to the all-too enduring voice of tyranny.
Francis Fukuyama
John Waggoner has done all of us a tremendous service by making available in English the text of Maurice Joly's Dialogue, as well as a penetrating analysis of this neglected work. His insight allows us to better understand the origins of both totalitarianism and anti-Semitism in the twentieth century.
Azure
In addition to teaching us about the permanence of the possibility of tyranny, and its perverse new forms in modernity, Joly compels us to wonder whether our liberalism or Machiavelli's is truer.
Richard F. Hassing
Joly's Dialogue addresses perennial questions that are now more urgent than ever: What are the prospects for freedom? Is the liberal system universally applicable? Is despotism a benighted remnant of the past or can it develop into new forms? After a century and a half, Joly's thought —repressed, ignored, hijacked, and misunderstood —comes into light [and] his voice is still quite fresh. The bitter irony of the despotic abuse to which this book was put demands redress by renewed access to Joly's liberal, anti-despotic thought. John Waggoner has made this possible for English-speaking readers.
The Review of Politics
Joly's work is a briliant account of modern depotism, and of the vulnerability of republicanism to a Machiavellianism aware of the manipulability of popular mechanisms. Joly's updating of Machiavellianism deserves to be read as a prophetic and unwittingly influential document. Having detailed the despotism of its own century and inadvertently contributed to that of the century to come, perhaps in can help our century to learn to formulate an adequate response to the all-too enduring voice of tyranny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739103371
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: Applications of Political Theory Series
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Waggoner has taught at the Sorbonne, the American University of Paris, and the American University of Cairo.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Translation
Title Page 3
A Short Introductory Statement 5
Text of the Dialogue 7
Commentary
The Machiavelli-Montesquieu Debate
Ch. 1 The Essential Differences between Machiavelli and Montesquieu 155
Ch. 2 An Elaboration of the Respective Political Teachings 175
The New Machiavellian Founding
Ch. 3 The Political Revolution I 195
Ch. 4 The Political Revolution II 215
Ch. 5 The Economic Revolution 233
Ch. 6 The Moral Revolution 253
The Saint-Simonian Elements in the New Modes and Orders
Ch. 7 The Saint-Simonian Historical Element 267
Ch. 8 The Saint-Simonian Religious Element 279
The Drama of the Dialogue
Ch. 9 The Portrait of Machiavelli 293
The Dialogue and History
Ch. 10 Solving the Enigma of Louis Napoleon 325
Ch. 11 The Protocols of the Elders of Zion 357
App Macaulay's Machiavelli 371
Bibliography 379
Index to Dialogue in Hell 383
Index to Commentary 387
About the Author 395
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