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Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern EuropeFrom Machiavelli to Milton$
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Hilary Gatti

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163833

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163833.001.0001

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Chapter 5 Epilogue
Ideas of Liberty in Early Modern Europe

Hilary Gatti

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies Henry Neville's Plato redivivus (Plato reborn, 1681), a work that continued the discussion of republican rule under the influence of a reading of Machiavelli. It compares and contrasts Neville's work with that of another work referencing Machiavelli's republicanism in the years of the commonwealth governed by Oliver Cromwell in seventeenth-century Britain—James Harrington's The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656). Specifically, this chapter seeks to argue that Neville's book is different from Harrington's Oceana in both kind and content, and that it needs to be read carefully for its own sake and not just as an appendix to Harrington's text.

Keywords:   Henry Neville, Plato redivivus, James Harrington, The Commonwealth of Oceana, Niccolò Machiavelli, republicanism, Oliver Cromwell, Republic of Venice

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