The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli

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John M. Najemy
Cambridge University Press, Jun 24, 2010 - Literary Criticism
Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) is the most famous and controversial figure in the history of political thought and one of the iconic names of the Renaissance. The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli brings together sixteen original essays by leading experts, covering his life, his career in Florentine government, his reaction to the dramatic changes that affected Florence and Italy in his lifetime, and the most prominent themes of his thought, including the founding, evolution, and corruption of republics and principalities, class conflict, liberty, arms, religion, ethics, rhetoric, gender, and the Renaissance dialogue with antiquity. In his own time Machiavelli was recognized as an original thinker who provocatively challenged conventional wisdom. With penetrating analyses of The Prince, Discourses on Livy, Art of War, Florentine Histories, and his plays and poetry, this book offers a vivid portrait of this extraordinary thinker as well as assessments of his place in Western thought since the Renaissance.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
a portrait
14
2 Machiavelli in the chancery
31
3 Machiavelli Piero Soderini and the republic of 14941512
48
4 Machiavelli and the Medici
64
5 Machiavellis Prince in the epic tradition
80
6 Society class and state in Machiavellis Discourses on Livy
96
7 Machiavellis military project and the Art of War
112
10 Philosophy and religion in Machiavelli
157
11 Rhetoric and ethics in Machiavelli
173
12 Machiavelli and poetry
190
Machiavelli and traditions of Renaissance theater
206
14 Machiavelli and gender
223
15 Machiavellis afterlife and reputation to the eighteenth century
239
16 Machiavelli in political thought from the age of revolutions to the present
256
Index
274

8 Machiavellis Florentine Histories
128
the republic as ideal and as history
144

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John M. Najemy is Professor of History at Cornell University.

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