Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction
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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, The Prince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distils from them an introduction to Machiavelli's doctrines of exemplary clarity. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 112 x 172 x 10mm | 40.82g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black and white halftones and line drawings
  • 0192854070
  • 9780192854070
  • 97,132

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"[An] excellent brief study, incorporating much recent research effectively without losing the author's own distinctive viewpoint. Lucidly written. A fine contribution."--Marcia L. Colish, Oberlin College"An exceptionally lucid biographical sketch and analysis of Machiavelli's ideology. For beginning students of this subject, I have never found anything better."--James E. McGoldrick, Cedarville Collegeshow more

About Quentin Skinner

Quentin Skinner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. His The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, published in 1978, won a Wolfson Literary Award.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; 1. THE DIPLOMAT; 2. THE ADVISER TO PRINCES; 3. THE PHILOSOPHER OF LIBERTY; 4. THE HISTORIAN OF FLORENCEshow more

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