The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World that He Made

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Grove Press, 2013 - Political Science - 270 pages
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The Prince, a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli is widely regarded as the single most influential book on politics--and in particular on the the politics of power--ever written.

In this groundbreaking book, Philip Bobbitt explores this often misunderstood work in the context of the time. He describes The Prince as one half of a masterpiece that, along with Machiavelli’s often neglected Discourses prophesies the end of the feudal era and describes the birth of the neoclassical
Renaissance State. Using both Renaissance examples and cases drawn from our current era, Bobbitt situates Machiavelli’s work as a turning point in our understanding of the relation between war and law as these create and maintain the State. This is a fascinating history and commentary by the man Henry Kissinger called "the outstanding political philosopher of our time."
 

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Review: The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made

User Review  - Michael Ellis - Goodreads

Bobbitt's thesis is provocative and his writing is, as always, engaging. Even so, his attempt to reconcile "The Prince" with "Discourses on Livy" may be too clever by half. The last chapter, which ... Read full review

Review: The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made

User Review  - James - Goodreads

This is a smart book that turns over many preconceptions about Machiavelli. It places his theories firmly in the camp of constitutional scholarship, and combines his two works -- often seen as too distinct -- into one The State. Recommended. Read full review

Contents

Arte dello StatoThe Machiavelli Paradox
1
The Unholy Necromancer and his Koran for Courtiers
9
OrdiniThe Important Structure of The Prince
19
Lo StatoThe Relation of The Prince to
47
Virtù e FortunaGod Does Not Want to
79
OccasioneThe Interesting Timing of The Prince
107
The Machiavelli Paradox Resolved
149
Satans Theologian
169
Dramatis Personae
185
Acknowledgements
205
Select Bibliography
245
Index
259
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Philip Bobbitt has taught constitutional law and international security and strategy at the University of Texas, Harvard, and Columbia, where he has a permanent chair and is Director of the Center for National Security. He was Legal Counsel to the Senate's Iran-Contra Committee, Counselor for International Law at the State Department under George H. W. Bush, director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, senior director for Critical Infrastructure, and senior director for Strategic Planning under Bill Clinton. The author of The Shield of Achilles, and Terror and Consent, he lives in New York, London, and Austin.

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