by Quentin Skinner

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Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it. Offering the first brief introduction to Machiavelli's thought to appear in twenty-five years, Skinner focuses on his three major works, The Prince, Discourses, and The History of Florence. He discusses the influence of Roman moral thought on Machiavelli, concentrating on the extent to which Machiavelli's teachings represent a reaction against this tradition. Placing Machiavelli in the proper social and intellectual context, Skinner reveals the extraordinary originality of his attack on the prevailing moral and political assumptions of his age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192854070
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/18/2001
Series: Very Short Introductions Series , #31
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 587,048
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)

About the Author

Quentin Skinner is the Regus Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Christ's college. His numerous books on such subjects as political theory have been translated into many languages. In 1979, his two-volume study The Foundations of Modern Political Thought won the Wolfson Literary Prize.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Diplomat; 2. The Adviser to Princes; 3. The Philosopher of Liberty; 4. The Historian of Florence.

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James E. Goldrick

An exceptionally lucid biographical sketch and analysis of Machiavelli's ideology. For beginning students of this subject, I have never found anything better.
—(James E. McGoldrick, Cedarville College)

Marcia L. Colish

[An] excellent brief study, incorporating much recent research effectively without losing the author's own distinctive viewpoint. Lucidly written. A fine contribution.
—(Marcia L. Colish, Oberlin College)

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