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Niccolo Machiavelli's the Prince : Texts in Culture - Martin Coyle

Niccolo Machiavelli's the Prince

Texts in Culture

By: Martin Coyle (Editor)


Published: 1st March 2013
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No text has attracted more controversy over the centuries than Machiavelli's The Prince. Placed on the Index of Prohibited Books by the Catholic Church in 1599, The Prince nevertheless proved to be the means by which Machiavelli came to be known throughout Europe, establishing his name as a byword for the cunning and unscrupulous politician.

Written as the medieval world was giving way to the new dynamic of renaissance capitalism, The Prince embodies a whole series of vital issues that affect our understanding of modern politics, including power and morality, history and human nature, language and meaning, gender and government. It is these issues which the essays in this volume debate and explore from a variety of perspectives, from the original responses to The Prince through to feminist and deconstructive approaches. The result is a volume packed with ideas and insights.

With contributions by international scholars and critics, a chronological table and select bibliography, this is an essential guide for anyone studying Machiavelli.

Series introduction
A note on references
Introductionp. 1
The Prince and its early Italian readersp. 18
Machiavelli's via moderna: medieval and Renaissance attitudes to historyp. 40
Dialogue in The Princep. 65
Language and The Princep. 89
The end justifies the means: end-orientation and the discourses of powerp. 115
The Prince and textual politicsp. 151
Machiavelli's political philosophy in The Princep. 174
Appendix: Machiavelli's letter to Francesco Vettori, 10 December 1513p. 196
Notes on contributorsp. 201
Select bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780719041969
ISBN-10: 0719041961
Series: Texts in Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32