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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Quentin Skinner

July 2019

ISBN: 9780198837572

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Quentin Skinner introduces Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat, politician, and the writer known for that most infamous Early Modern work, The Prince. He explores Machiavelli's theory of princely virtù, tracing its roots in ancient historians and moralists, and considering its influence on contemporary politics.

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Quentin Skinner introduces Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat, politician, and the writer known for that most infamous Early Modern work, The Prince. He explores Machiavelli's theory of princely virtù, tracing its roots in ancient historians and moralists, and considering its influence on contemporary politics.

  • Explores Machiavelli's infamous theory of princely virtù, tracing its roots in the works of ancient historians and moralists, and considering its influence on contemporary politics
  • Includes an updated discussion of The Prince
  • Reveals the relationship between Machiavelli's active political career and his subsequent political works
  • Includes new material discussing Machiavelli's idea of a 'free state'
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary University of London

Quentin Skinner was born in 1940 and educated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. Between 1974 and 1979 he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, before returning to Cambridge as Professor of Political Science. He was appointed Regius Professor of History at Cambridge in 1996, a post he held until he moved to Queen Mary University of London in 2008. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a foreign member of many other national academies, including the Academia Europea. He is the author of a number of books, including The Foundations of Political Thought (Cambridge, 1978), and From Humanism to Hobbes: studies in rhetoric and politics (Cambridge, 2018), and his scholarship has won him many awards, such as the Isaiah Berlin Prize, The Wolfson History Prize, and two awards from the American Political Science Association.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1: The Diplomat
    2: The Adviser to Princes
    3: The Theorist of Liberty
    4: The Historian of Florence
    Further reading
    Index