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Machiavelli: The Art of Teaching People What to Fear

Willard Wood Patrick Boucheron

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Pushkin Press
29 September 2020
Biography; Biography: general; Biography: historical, political & military; Advocate - Biography
We turn to Machiavelli at every tumultuous period in history - he is the one who knows how to philsophise in dark times. In fact, since his death in 1527, we have never stopped reading him, always to pull ourselves out of a torpor. But what do we really know about this man? Is there more to his work than that term for political evil, Machiavellianism?

It was Machiavelli's luck to be disappointed by every statesman he encountered - that was why he had to create his paper Prince. Today, the question that remains is not why he wrote, but for whom - for princes or for those who want to resist them? What is the art of governing? Is it to take power, or to keep it?

In this timely book, Patrick Boucheron undoes many of our assumptions about Machiavelli, showing how his rich, complex thought is key to understanding his time, and may be crucial to interrogating our own.
By:   Patrick Boucheron
Translated by:   Willard Wood
Imprint:   Pushkin Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781782276678
ISBN 10:   178227667X
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Patrick Boucheron, born in 1965, is a French historian. He previously taught medieval history at the Ecole normale superieure and the University of Paris, and is currently a professor of history at the College de France. He is the author of twelve books and the editor of five, including France in the World, which became a bestseller in France.

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