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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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Neo-Machiavellian Political Economy

Neo-Machiavellian Political Economy

The Augustan Debate over Land, Trade and Credit

(p.423) Chapter XIII Neo-Machiavellian Political Economy
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies the era bracketed within the half-century following the Revolution of 1688, in which political thought became engrossed with the conscious recognition of change in the economic and social foundations of politics and the political personality, so that the zōon politikon took on their modern character of participant observer in processes of material and historical change fundamentally affecting their nature. This chapter shows that these changes in perception came about through the development of a neo-Machiavellian, as well as neo-Harringtonian, style in the theory of political economy, in response to England's emergence as Britain—a major commercial, military, and imperial power.

Keywords:   neo-Machiavellian political economy, political thought, historical change, changes in perception, Britain

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