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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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From Bruni to Savonarola

From Bruni to Savonarola

Fortune, Venice and Apocalypse

(p.83) Chapter IV From Bruni to Savonarola
The Machiavellian Moment

J.G.A. Pocock

Richard Whatmore

Princeton University Press

This chapter is concerned with Florentine thought during the century which followed 1434, when Cosimo de’ Medici established a sixty-year-long rule by his family, manipulating politics behind a republican façade. The last quarter of this century—from 1512—is that of the transforming writings of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Giannotti, but the whole period can be treated in terms of the working out of the implications and contradictions inherent in civic humanism; and it can be shown how the thought of the Machiavellian epoch served to convey the Aristotelian-Polybian tradition to future generations and to lands beyond Italy. This chapter, however, focuses on the expression of the civic humanist outlook by the men of the quattrocento.

Keywords:   Venice, Florentine thought, civic humanism, Florentine republic, Florence, Leonardo Bruni, Giovanni Cavalcanti, Medicean rule, Venetian commonwealth, Girolamo Savonarola

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