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Machiavelli free pdf This is a major new scholarly biography of Machiavelli, the first for thirty years. Niccolo di Bernardo Machiavelli is not only one of the most fascinating figures of the Italian Renaissance, an outstanding author and statesman, he is also indisputably one of the most influential of political theorists, whose fundamental contribution to politics remains astonishingly pertinent to us today. His life was dramatic to the extreme. He achieved notable heights of success as defense secretary and a diplomat. He reformed the Florentine military, replacing mercenary armies with citizens' militia. But his fall from grace was nearly as swift as his rise. Unlike many revolutionary thinkers (Hume, Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Marx) he developed his theories amid the turmoil of his world. His philosophy is thus based on the practical if sordid world he witnessed. The purpose of "The Prince" continues to be contentiously debated. It explores themes which still resonate more than four centuries later: politics and morality, politics as conflict, politics and warfare, corruption and civic stability and the purpose of power, religion, liberty and politics in general. All this is also part of Paul Oppenheimer's compelling account.

About Paul Oppenheimer

Paul Oppenheimer is Professor of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Centre of City University of New York. He is the author of Rubens: A Portrait (Duckworth), Evil and the Demonic:A New Theory of Monstrous Behaviour (Duckworth/NYUP) and The Birth of the Modern Mind (OUP)

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Author : Paul Oppenheimer
Publisher : Hambledon Continuum
Data Published : 01 October 2011
ISBN : 1847252214
EAN : 9781847252210
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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