The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition / Edition 2

The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition / Edition 2

by John Greville Agard Pocock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691114722

ISBN-13: 9780691114729

Pub. Date: 01/27/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Machiavellian Moment is a classic study of the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness of the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. J.G.A. Pocock suggests that Machiavelli's prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in

Overview

The Machiavellian Moment is a classic study of the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness of the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. J.G.A. Pocock suggests that Machiavelli's prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in time, and which he calls the "Machiavellian moment."

After examining this problem in the thought of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Giannotti, Pocock turns to the revival of republican thought in Puritan England and in Revolutionary and Federalist America. He argues that the American Revolution can be considered the last great act of civic humanism of the Renaissance. He relates the origins of modern historicism to the clash between civic, Christian, and commercial values in the thought of the eighteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691114729
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2003
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
648
Sales rank:
722,209
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Part 1Particularity and Time: The Conceptual Background
IThe Problem and Its Modes: A) Experience, Usage and Prudence3
IIThe Problem and Its Modes: B) Providence, Fortune and Virtue31
IIIThe Problem and Its Modes: C) The Vita Activa and the Vivere Civile49
Part 2The Republic and its Fortune: Florentine Political Thought from 1494 to 1530
IVFrom Bruni to Savonarola: Fortune, Venice and Apocalypse83
VThe Medicean Restoration: A) Guicciardini and the Lesser Ottimati, 1512-1516114
VIThe Medicean Restoration: B) Machiavelli's Il Principle156
VIIRome and Venice: A) Machiavelli's Discorsi and Arte della Guerra183
VIIIRome and Venice: B) Guicciardini's Dialogo and the Problem of Optimate Prudence219
IXGiannotti and Contarini: Venice as Concept and as Myth272
Part 3Value and History in the Prerevolutionary Atlantic
XThe Problem of English Machiavellism: Modes of Civic Consciousness before the Civil War333
XIThe Anglicization of the Republic: A) Mixed Constitution, Saint and Citizen361
XIIThe Anglicization of the Republic: B) Court, Country and Standing Army401
XIIINeo-Machiavellian Political Economy: The Augustan Debate over Land, Trade and Credit423
XIVThe Eighteenth-Century Debate: Virtue, Passion and Commerce462
XVThe Americanization of Virtue: Corruption, Constitution and Frontier506
Afterword553
Bibliography585
Index601

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