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Machiavelli and Empire : Ideas in Context - Mikael Hornqvist

Machiavelli and Empire

Ideas in Context

By: Mikael Hornqvist, Quentin Skinner (Editor), Lorraine Daston (Editor), Dorothy Ross (Editor), James Tully (Editor)

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Published: 13th December 2004
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Mikael Hoernqvist challenges us to rethink the overall meaning and importance of Machiavelli's political thinking. Machiavelli and Empire combines close textual analysis of The Prince and The Discourses with a broad historical approach, to establish the importance of empire-building and imperial strategy in Machiavelli's thought. The primary context of Machiavelli's work, Hoernqvist argues, is not the mirror-for-princes genre or medieval and Renaissance republicanism in general, but a tradition of Florentine imperialist republicanism dating back to the late thirteenth-century, based on the twin notions of liberty at home and empire abroad. Weaving together themes and topics drawn from contemporary Florentine political debate, Medicean ritual and Renaissance triumphalism, this study explores how Machiavelli in his chancery writings and theoretical works promoted the long standing aspirations of Florence to become a great and expanding empire, modelled on the example of the ancient Roman republic. This is a distinctive and important work.

From the hardback review: 'Mikael Hornqvist's Machiavelli and Empire is an impressive analysis of the political and cultural context in which Machiavelli actually wrote his works.' Heythrop Journal

Another philosophy
The Republic's two ends
The natural desire of states
To destroy them or to live there
The triumphator
Rhetoric of hope and despair
Sublunar writing
Conclusion: Cui Bono?
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ISBN: 9780521839457
ISBN-10: 0521839459
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 13th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65