Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byQuentin Skinner

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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, ThePrince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distils from them an introduction to Machiavelli's doctrines of exemplary clarity.

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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, ThePrince, the Discourses, and The History of Flor...

Quentin Skinner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. His The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, published in 1978, won a Wolfson Literary Award.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction; 1. The Diplomat; 2. The Adviser to Princes; 3. The Philosopher of Liberty; 4. The Historian of Florence.

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"[An] excellent brief study, incorporating much recent research effectively without losing the author's own distinctive viewpoint. Lucidly written. A fine contribution."--Marcia L. Colish, Oberlin College
"An exceptionally lucid biographical sketch and analysis of Machiavelli's ideology. For beginning students of this subject, I have never found anything better."--James E. McGoldrick, Cedarville College