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The Machiavellian MomentFlorentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition$
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J. G. A. Pocock

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172231

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172231.001.0001

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The Medicean Restoration

The Medicean Restoration

Guicciardini and the Lesser Ottimati, 1512-1516

(p.114) Chapter V The Medicean Restoration
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers whether the “Venetian” formulation of the decision in 1494 to introduce widespread membership in the Florentine Consiglio Grande under the form of imitating the Venetian constitution was not the work of ottimati who considered that a governo largo would suit them better than a stretto. The ottimati were that inner circle of influential Florentine families who considered themselves an elite. But the background to the debate over the real character of Venice, and the form of government best suited to Florence, was the increasing inability of the Consiglio Grande to govern in a way satisfactory to the ottimati as a class.

Keywords:   ottimati, Florentine politics, Venetian politics, Venice, Florence, Consiglio Grande, Florentine government, Francesco Guicciardini

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