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Machiavelli's prince : a new reading / Erica Benner.

Author/Creator:
Benner, Erica, author.
Publication:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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lv, 343 pages ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. Principe.
Political science -- Early works to 1800.
Local subjects:
Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527. (search)
Summary:
Why did Machiavelli write the Prince - and why did religious and political authorities find it so threatening? Five hundred years on, this book tries to answer these questions. In the first detailed, chapter-by-chapter reading of the Prince in any language, Erica Benner shows that the book is a masterpiece of ironic writing. Machiavelli's style is deliberately ambiguous: he often seems to say one thing, but gives readers clues that point toward a very different message. Beyond its 'Machiavellian' surface, the Prince has a surprisingly moral purpose. It teaches readers how to recognize hidden dangers in political conduct that merely appears great or praiseworthy - and to mistrust promises of easy solutions to political problems. This highly engaging new interpretation helps readers to see beyond the Prince's deceptive first appearances. Benner sets out Machiavelli's main ironic techniques at the outset, especially his coded use of words to signal praise or blame. Once readers become familiar with these codes, they will find it easier to grasp the Prince's surreptitiously pro-republican message - and its powerful critique of charismatic one-man rule and imperial politics.
Contents:
Introduction
Ironic techniques
Coded words
Dedication : princes and peoples
States. States and modes
Maintaining states
Empire
Absolute government
Free cities
Modes. Virtú
Fortune
Crimes
Fortunate astuteness
Foundations. Abundance and necessity
Popes
Arms and laws
Arms and virtú
Knowledge and discipline
Virtues and vices. Praise and blame
Giving and spending
Fear and punishment
Deception and good faith
What princes should fear
Prudence and trust. Trusting one's own subjects
Gaining trust from allies
Trustworthy ministers
Why princes need the truth
Redemption. Stop blaming others
How to deal with fortune
Redeem yourselves
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-336) and index.
ISBN:
9780199653638 (hbk.)
0199653631 (hbk.)
OCLC:
858004895