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The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

J. G. A. Pocock


Originally published in 1975, this book remains a landmark of historical and political thought. The book looks at the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness arising from the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. It shows that Machiavelli’s prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in time, which the book calls the “Machiavellian moment.” After examining this problem in the works of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Giannotti, the book turns to the revival of rep ... More

Keywords: political thought, social consciousness, classical republic, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Giannotti, republican ideology, American Revolution, Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172231
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. G. A. Pocock, author
Johns Hopkins University