Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction
ISBN13: 9780192854070ISBN10: 0192854070 Paperback, 120 pages
Nov 2000, In Stock
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120 pages; 5 halftones; ISBN13: 978-0-19-285407-0ISBN10: 0-19-285407-0
Offering the first brief introduction to Machiavelli's life and doctrines 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. The Diplomat; 2. The Adviser to Princes; 3. The Philosopher of Liberty; 4. The Historian of Florence.