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Niccolo Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography

Corrado Vivanti Simon MacMichael

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Princeton University Press
15 October 2019
Biography; Biography: historical, political & military; History of ideas; Political science & theory
A colorful, comprehensive, and authoritative account of Machiavelli's life and thought This is a colorful, comprehensive, and authoritative introduction to the life and work of the Florentine statesman, writer, and political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527). Corrado Vivanti, who was one of the world's leading Machiavelli scholars, provides an unparalleled intellectual biography that demonstrates the close connections between Machiavelli's thought and his changing fortunes during the tumultuous Florentine republic and his subsequent exile. Vivanti's concise account covers not only Machiavelli's most famous works-The Prince, The Discourses, The Florentine Histories, and The Art of War-but also his letters, poetry, and comic dramas. While setting Machiavelli's life against a dramatic backdrop of war, crisis, and diplomatic intrigue, the book also paints a vivid human portrait of the man.
By:   Corrado Vivanti
Translated by:   Simon MacMichael
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691196893
ISBN 10:   0691196893
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Corrado Vivanti (1928-2012) taught history at the universities of Rome, Turin, and Perugia, and was the editor of the standard edition of the complete works of Machiavelli.

Reviews for Niccolo Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography

[A] learned intellectual biography. Michael Ignatieff, The Atlantic Informative and . . . level-headed. Keith Miller, The Telegraph Excellent, and accessible to anyone interested in finding out more about Machiavelli. Jonathan Powell, Prospect A fascinating, concise guide to Machiavelli's life and work. Joanna Kavenna, The Spectator Sensible and useful. . . . [Vivanti] sets forth the greatness of Machiavelli, not as a figure of his time, the Renaissance, but as a founder of modernity. Harvey C. Mansfield, Wall Street Journal


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