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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 Anglicization of the Republic

The Anglicization of the Republic

B) Court, Country and Standing Army

(p.401) Chapter XII The Anglicization of the Republic
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter enters a period in which the terms virtue, virtus, and virtù are of great significance in their Roman and Renaissance connotations, but their antithesis is no longer circumstantial fortuna so much as historical corruption. The material and moral conditions necessary to the commonwealth in which virtue was possible had been established in a series of increasingly acceptable paradigms; the problem now seemed to be legislative and political—could these conditions be established, and if so, could they be maintained?—and to admit of answers in material and moral, rather than voluntarist or charismatic, terms. But to understand the exact shapes in which these problems presented themselves, this chapter considers how it was that the formulations of Machiavellian and Harringtonian republicanism came to appear appropriate in the parliamentary monarchy of Restoration England.

Keywords:   virtue, Restoration England, England, Machiavellian republicanism, Harringtonian republicanism, commonwealth, parliamentary monarchy

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