The Discourses

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Penguin, 1970 - Philosophy - 543 pages
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Proposes a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship, and that would also encourage citizens to put the needs of the state above selfish, personal interests. Ambitious in scope, but also pragmatic, this work creates a modern theory of republic politics.
 

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Machiavelli's perusal of Roman history is an entertaining exhibit of political thought from a time when military strategy was still firmly embedded in politics and the glories of Roman antiquity still ... Read full review

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Titus Livius or Livy {59 BC- AD 17) was the author of A History of Republican Rome originally stretching to 142 books of which only 35 have survived. Machiavelli set out to write a commentary on these ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
The Prince and The Discourses
19
Republics as Mixed Government
25
The Mixture as Adaptability
29
The Value of Conflict
35
Factors of Social Class
39
The Conditions for Republican Rule
43
Theory and Method
47
Politics and Morality
62
The Letter to Vettori
69
FURTHER READING
72
DISCOURSES OF NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI
75
TABLE OF CONTENTS
77
THE TEXT
91
NOTES
529
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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama.

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