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Machiavelli : a life beyond ideology /
Paul Oppenheimer.
imprint
London : Continuum, 2011.
description
xxv, 337 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1847252214 (hbk), 9781847252210
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imprint
London : Continuum, 2011.
isbn
1847252214 (hbk)
9781847252210
catalogue key
8275429
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-328) and index.
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Long Description
Niccolo di Bernardo Machiavelli is not only one of the most fascinating figures of the Italian Renaissance, an outstanding author and statesman, but indisputably one of its most influential political theorists, whose fundamental contributions to ideas of political power - as well as to the history of modern drama - remain astonishingly pertinent. His adventurous life led him to notable heights as a diplomat and reformer of the Florentine military, with his replacement of mercenaries by a citizen-militia. His fall, exile and eventual rehabilitation followed as briskly as his rise. Unlike many innovative thinkers about politics, he developed his radical theories of treachery and social transformation, here explored in terms of their originality, in an atmosphere of violence. Based on his experience of government, his insights led to a shift from understanding statehood, war and society as forms of finitude and stasis to those of process. All this unfolds in Paul Oppenheimer's compelling recreation of Machiavelli's life as he actually lived it. >
Main Description
A major new scholarly biography of Machiavelli, the first for thirty years.
Main Description
Niccolo di Bernardo Machiavelli is not only one of the most fascinating figures of the Italian Renaissance, an outstanding author and statesman, but indisputably one of its most influential political theorists, whose fundamental contributions to ideas of political power - as well as to the history of modern drama - remain astonishingly pertinent. His adventurous life led him to notable heights as a diplomat and reformer of the Florentine military, with his replacement of mercenaries by a citizen-militia. His fall, exile and eventual rehabilitation followed as briskly as his rise. Unlike many innovative thinkers about politics, he developed his radical theories of treachery and social transformation, here explored in terms of their originality, in an atmosphere of violence. Based on his experience of government, his insights led to a shift from understanding statehood, war and society as forms of finitude and stasis to those of process. All this unfolds in Paul Oppenheimer's compelling recreation of Machiavelli's life as he actually lived it.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A major new biography of Niccolò di Bernardo Machiavelli. Machiavelli 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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A major new biography of Niccolo do Bernardo Machiavelli. Machiavelli 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.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. vi
Introduction: Modern Evil and the Sack of Romep. xiii
Machiavelli and the Changing Universe
Family and Growing Upp. 3
Early Educationp. 11
The Cosmic Packagep. 19
Poetry, Music and Militarismp. 25
Murder in the Duomop. 31
A Boyhood Excursionp. 44
The Lost Yearsp. 51
Poetry and the Medicip. 62
The Religious Revolutionp. 68
The World of War and Diplomacy
Executions and an Official Appointmentp. 83
Caterina Sforza and the Crisis at Pisap. 92
The Military Quandaryp. 100
On the Move with the French Kingp. 106
The Long French Patiencep. 117
Marriage and a Hint of Cesare Borgiap. 120
Meeting the Captain-Generalp. 125
Investigating the Sources of Powerp. 133
Retribution and Dominancep. 140
Plans to Change the Arnop. 150
The First Journey to Romep. 161
Cesare's Downfall and the First Decennalep. 168
Anarchy and the Citizen Militiap. 181
The German Enigmap. 193
Victory at Pisap. 199
A Government Overthrownp. 205
Into a Tuscan Exile
The Aftermath of Freedomp. 221
Making History at Sant'Andreap. 230
Power and Memoryp. 241
The Ambush of Lovep. 247
Literary Adventuresp. 252
Reflecting on the Craft of Warp. 259
The Dream of Historyp. 267
Lights before the Stormp. 275
The Assault on Rome and a Fatal Illnessp. 282
Epilogue: The Historical Afterglowp. 293
Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 329
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