Florentine History (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

Florentine History (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
In Florentine History Machiavelli wrote about his native city, which he loved with a passion — more than his soul, he said — and by which he was exasperated. He was not just the famously cold, ironic analyst of ruthless power politics, evident inSee more details below

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 
In Florentine History Machiavelli wrote about his native city, which he loved with a passion — more than his soul, he said — and by which he was exasperated. He was not just the famously cold, ironic analyst of ruthless power politics, evident in much of his most famous work, The Prince; he had a fervent sense of the common good and how that might be achieved in a republic. For him, Florence had the potential to be one of the greatest of republics, a match for ancient Rome itself, but that potential had never been fulfilled. In the Florentine History Machiavelli explores why not and in the process reveals the dynamic and danger of republican politics — his thinking here, as in all his works, resonating powerfully for us today. The Florentine History is a series of eight essays (known as 'books') on the city and its Italian context during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They do not follow all the rules of what we see today as professional historical writing — Machiavelli could be as cavalier with the facts as an unscrupulous modern journalist — but they are the fruit of one of the most original minds ever to have been brought to bear on politics.

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ISBN-13:
9781411468030
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
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