Machiavelli by Quentin Skinner
A Very Short Introduction

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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.

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About Quentin Skinner

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Quentin Skinner is the Regus Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Christ's college. His numerous books on such subjects as political theory have been translated into many languages. In 1979, his two-volume study The Foundations of Modern Political Thought won the Wolfson Literary Prize.
Published October 12, 2000 by Oxford Paperbacks. 120 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The New York Review of Books

Yet with regard to all such manuals as either Machiavelli’s serious tract or Ovid’s playful one, there is no problem (quite as there is no problem with La Rochefoucauld’s mean maxims on the vagaries of self-love) when we conceive of such a rhetorical realm as necessarily concerned with motives ty...

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London School of Economics

This volume presents lucid and insightful lectures on three great figures from the history of political thought, by John Plamenatz (1912-1975), a leading political philosopher of his time.

Feb 17 2013 | Read Full Review of Machiavelli: A Very Short Int...

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