The Life of the State

The Life of the State

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...energies and enriched the blood of the barbarians of the sixteenth century? The Renaissance possessed the germ of every modern thing, and much that was much more than a germ: it possessed the habit of equality before the law, of civic organisation, of industry and commerce developed to immense and superb proportions. It possessed science, literature and art; above all, that which at once produced, and was produced by all these, thorough consciousness of her own freedom and powers, self-cognisance. In Italy there was intellectual light enabling men to see and judge all around them, enabling them to act wittingly and deliberately. In this lies the immense greatness of the Renaissance: to this are due all its achievements in literature, in science, and, above all, in art: that for the first time since the dissolution of antique civilisation, men were free agents both in thought and deed; that there was an end of that palsying slavery of the middle ages, slavery-of body and of mind, slavery-to stultified ideas and effete forms, which made men endure every degree of evil, and believe every degree of absurdity. For the first time since antiquity, man walks free of all political and intellectual trammels, erect, conscious of his own thoughts, master of his own actions: ready to seek for truth across the ocean like Columbus, or across the heavens like Copernicus; to seek it in criticism and analysis like Macchiavelli or Guicciardini, boldly to reproduce it in its highest widest sense like Michael Angelo and Raphael." If we consider this passage we shall see that this Italy could offer the rising kingdoms of Europe some ideas to which their own political systems already predisposed them, yet garbing them more attractively than the ruder...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236979575
  • 9781236979575