Machiavelli on International Relations by Marco CesaMachiavelli on International Relations by Marco Cesa

Machiavelli on International Relations

EditorMarco Cesa

Hardcover | February 7, 2014

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The importance of international politics in Niccolo Machiavelli's thought cannot be denied. Although the familiar ideas expressed in the Prince and the Discourses are obviously relevant, the Art of War, the History of Florence, the dispatches that he wrote during his diplomatic missions,several minor political writings, and the private letters contain a number of additional insights and observations that refine and enrich his views. This anthology gathers together for the first time all of Machiavelli's writing on international affairs. About 60 excerpts are organized around key themes, such as: the idea that political action takes place in a context that constrains decisions and affects outcomes; the central role played by fear in influencing foreign policy; the ways in which domestic politics and international politics interact;the fundamental functions performed by the armed forces; the similarities and differences in the foreign policy of republics and principalities; the ambivalent relationship between defence and expansion; the curse of neutrality and the ambiguities of alliances; the precariousness of internationalarrangements and the inherent instability of any settlement. An introductory chapter and accompanying illustrative materials guide the reader through the conceptual world of Machiavelli and the complex political events of his time.
Marco Cesa holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Florence as well as a MA and a PhD in the same field from the University of Colorado and Boston University, respectively. He has been Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Inst...
Title:Machiavelli on International RelationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:February 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199673691

ISBN - 13:9780199673698


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1. A Way of Thinking and Some Basic Assumptions1.1 A Compelling Logic1.2 On Human Nature1.3 On Times and AffairsPart 2. The International Context: Fear and Self-Help2.1 Survival and Security2.2 'Fear Is the Greatest Master'2.3 Good Laws and Good ArmiesPart 3. Domestic Orders, Disorders, and Foreign Affairs3.1 The Great Powers Compared3.2 Domestic Affairs and Foreign Affairs3.3 Leaders and Strategies3.4 Republics and PrincipalitiesPart 4. Foreign Policy and International Politics4.1 Preferences, Opportunities and Constraints4.2 Dealing with Threats4.3 Engaging in Expansion4.4 Neutrality and AlliancesPart 5. History and Analysis5.1 The Italian State System, 1444-14545.2 Entrapping an Ally: France and Florence5.3 What the Pope Should Do Now5.4 Towards the Sack of Rome