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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

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Quentin Skinner
Pub date
Oct 2000
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Very Short Introductions
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  • Machiavelli's recommendation for the conduct of political leaders hold an enduring fascination
  • His best-known work,The Prince is still widely read
  • Quentin Skinner's introduction has been praised as 'compulsive reading'

 
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, The Prince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distils from them an introduction to Machiavelli's doctrines of exemplary clarity.

Index: 

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction

1. The Diplomat
2. The Adviser to Princes
3. The Philosopher of Liberty
4. The Historian of Florence
Works by Machia velli
Quoted in the Text
Further Reading
Index

About the author: 

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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