The Discourses

The Discourses

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Niccolo Machiavelli, Introduction by Bernard Crick, Translated by Leslie J. Father Walker, Translated by Brian Richardson, Edited by Bernard Crick

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 26mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1984
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140444289
  • ISBN 13: 9780140444285
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: notes
  • Sales rank: 84,853

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Few figures in intellectual history have proved as notorious and ambiguous as Niccolo Machiavelli. But while his treatise "The Prince" made his name synonymous with autocratic ruthlessness and cynical manipulation, "The Discourses" (c.1517) shows a radically different outlook on the world of politics.In this carefully argued commentary on Livy's history of republican Rome, Machiavelli proposed 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 clear-eyed and pragmatic, "The Discourses" creates a modern theory of republic politics. Leslie J. Walker's definitive translation has been revised by Brian Richardson and is accompanied by an introduction by Bernard Crick, which illuminates Machiavelli's historical context and his new theories of politics. This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes.

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Niccolo Machivaelli (1469-1527) was appointed secretary to the Florentine Republic in 1498. He was dismissed from this post in 1512 and forced to withdraw from public life, after which time he wrote The Prince, a handbook for rulers. Leslie Walker translated many texts from Italian over the course of a distinguished career.