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Reading Machiavelli

John P. McCormick


To what extent was Machiavelli a “Machiavellian”? Was he an amoral adviser of tyranny or a stalwart partisan of liberty? A neutral technician of power politics or a devout Italian patriot? A reviver of pagan virtue or initiator of modern nihilism? This book answers these questions through original interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli's three major political works—The Prince, Discourses, and Florentine Histories—and demonstrates that a radically democratic populism seeded the Florentine's scandalous writings. The book challenges the misguided understandings of Machiavelli set forth by promine ... More

Keywords: Niccolò Machiavelli, class conflict, civic liberty, popular judgment, egalitarian politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183503
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John P. McCormick, author
University of Chicago