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Machiavelli and Empire Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

Machiavelli and Empire By Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

Machiavelli and Empire by Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

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Mikael Hornqvist's study of the political theory of Machiavelli offers an original and challenging reading of a number of celebrated texts while exploring both the political and intellectual contexts within which Machiavelli's political vision was formed. This is an important contribution to the historiography of Machiavelli and the renaissance empire.

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Machiavelli and Empire by Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

Mikael Hoernqvist challenges us to rethink the overall meaning and importance of Machiavelli's political thinking. Machiavelli and Empire combines close textual analysis of The Prince and The Discourses with a broad historical approach, to establish the importance of empire-building and imperial strategy in Machiavelli's thought. The primary context of Machiavelli's work, Hoernqvist argues, is not the mirror-for-princes genre or medieval and Renaissance republicanism in general, but a tradition of Florentine imperialist republicanism dating back to the late thirteenth-century, based on the twin notions of liberty at home and empire abroad. Weaving together themes and topics drawn from contemporary Florentine political debate, Medicean ritual and Renaissance triumphalism, this study explores how Machiavelli in his chancery writings and theoretical works promoted the long standing aspirations of Florence to become a great and expanding empire, modelled on the example of the ancient Roman republic. This is a distinctive and important work.

Machiavelli and Empire Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Mikael Hoernqvist's Machiavelli and Empire is an impressive analysis of the political and cultural context in which Machiavelli actually wrote his works.' Heythrop Journal

About Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)

Mikael Hoernqvist teaches in the Department of the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Table of Contents

1. Another philosophy; 2. The Republic's two ends; 3. The natural desire of states; 4. To destroy them or to live there; 5. The triumphator; 6. Rhetoric of hope and despair; 7. Sublunar writing; Conclusion: Cui Bono?

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Machiavelli and Empire by Mikael Hoernqvist (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
Cambridge University Press
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