A Great and Wretched City: Promise and Failure in Machiavelli's Florentine Political Thought (BOK)

A Great and Wretched City: Promise and Failure in Machiavelli's Florentine Political Thought (BOK)

Mark Jurdjevic

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Like many inhabitants of booming metropolises, Machiavelli alternated between love and hate for his native city. He often wrote scathing remarks about Florentine political myopia, corruption, and servitude, but also wrote about Florence with pride, patriotism, and confident hope of better times. Despite the alternating tones of sarcasm and despair he used to describe Florentine affairs, Machiavelli provided a stubbornly persistent sense that his city had all the materials and potential necessary for a wholesale, triumphant, and epochal political renewal. As he memorably put it, Florence was "truly a great and wretched city." Mark Jurdjevic focuses on the Florentine dimension of Machiavelli's political thought, revealing new aspects of his republican convictions. Through "The Prince," "Discourses," correspondence, and, most substantially, "Florentine Histories," Jurdjevic examines Machiavelli's political career and relationships to the republic and the Medici. He shows that significant and as yet unrecognized aspects of Machiavelli's political thought were distinctly Florentine in inspiration, content, and purpose. From a new perspective and armed with new arguments, " A Great and Wretched City" reengages the venerable debate about Machiavelli's relationship to Renaissance republicanism. Dispelling the myth that Florentine politics offered Machiavelli only negative lessons, Jurdjevic argues that his contempt for the city's shortcomings was a direct function of his considerable estimation of its unrealized political potential.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Mark Jurdjevic
Forlag
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780674725461
Antall sider 312 Dimensjoner 16,3cm x 24,5cm x 2,8cm
Vekt 671 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Social & political philosophy, Political science & theory, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700