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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli

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Publisher Comments:

FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

In The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a comprehensive collection that shows the true depth and breadth of a great Renaissance thinker. Refreshingly accessible, these superb new translations are faithful to Machiavelli’s original, beautifully crafted writings.

The volume features essays that appear in English for the first time, such as “A Caution to the Medici” and “The Persecution of Africa.” Also included are complete versions of the political treatise, The Prince, the comic satire The Mandrake, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, and the classic story “Belfagor”, along with selections from The Discourses, The Art of War, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with useful features–vital and concise annotations and cross-references–this unique compendium is certain to become the standard one-volume reference to this influential, versatile, and ever timely writer.

“Machiavelli's stress on political necessityrather thanmoral perfection helped inspire the Renaissance by renewing links with Thucydides and other classical thinkers. This new collection providesdeeper insight into Machiavelli’s personality as a writer, thus broadening our understanding of him.”

–Robert D. Kaplan, author of Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos

“Constantine’s selection is not only intelligent; his translations are astonishingly good. Thoughtfully introduced by Albert Russell Ascoli, this edition belongs in everyone’s library.”

–John Jeffries Martin, professor and chair, department of history, Trinity University

“If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it.”

–John P. McCormick, professor, department of political science, University of Chicago

Synopsis:

A compilation of writings by the influential Renaissance philosopher features excerpts from such works as "The Art of War" and "The Discourses," selected correspondence, and essays that have never before appeared in English, including "The Persecution ofA

Synopsis:

FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

In The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a comprehensive collection that shows the true depth and breadth of a great Renaissance thinker. Refreshingly accessible, these superb new translations are faithful to Machiavelli's original, beautifully crafted writings.

The volume features essays that appear in English for the first time, such as A Caution to the Medici and The Persecution of Africa. Also included are complete versions of the political treatise, The Prince, the comic satire The Mandrake, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, and the classic story Belfagor, along with selections from The Discourses, The Art of War, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with useful features vital and concise annotations and cross-references this unique compendium is certain to become the standard one-volume reference to this influential, versatile, and ever timely writer.

Machiavelli's stress on political necessityrather thanmoral perfection helped inspire the Renaissance by renewing links with Thucydides and other classical thinkers. This new collection providesdeeper insight into Machiavelli's personality as a writer, thus broadening our understanding of him.

Robert D. Kaplan,

About the Author

Niccol Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512. His most famous work, The Prince, was a written attempt to reingratiate himself with the Medicis and return to politics.

Peter Constantine is the recipient of a PEN Translation Prize and a National Translation Award. His Modern Library translations include Voltaire’s Canidide, Tolstoy’s The Cossacks, and Gogol’s Taras Bulba. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Biographical note — Introduction / by Albert Russell Ascoli — Editor's note — Political works. The prince ; Selections from The discourses ; Selections from The art of war ; Selections from Florentine histories — Political essays and treatises. Discourse on Pisa ; On Pistoian matters ; On the nature of the French ; On how to treat the populace of Valdichiana after their rebellion ; How Duke Valentino killed the general who conspired against him ; Discourse on the affairs of Germany and its emperors ; A caution to the Medici — Literature. Rules for an elegant social circle ; The persecution of Africa ; Belafor ; The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca ; The mandrake — Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307419996
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Philosophy : Political
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Edited by:
Peter Constantine
Author:
Machiavelli, Niccol
Author:
Peter Constantine
Author:
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Author:
Constantine, Peter
Author:
Niccol, Machiavelli
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Political ethics
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070403
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
516

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"Synopsis" by , A compilation of writings by the influential Renaissance philosopher features excerpts from such works as "The Art of War" and "The Discourses," selected correspondence, and essays that have never before appeared in English, including "The Persecution ofA
"Synopsis" by , FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

In The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a comprehensive collection that shows the true depth and breadth of a great Renaissance thinker. Refreshingly accessible, these superb new translations are faithful to Machiavelli's original, beautifully crafted writings.

The volume features essays that appear in English for the first time, such as A Caution to the Medici and The Persecution of Africa. Also included are complete versions of the political treatise, The Prince, the comic satire The Mandrake, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, and the classic story Belfagor, along with selections from The Discourses, The Art of War, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with useful features vital and concise annotations and cross-references this unique compendium is certain to become the standard one-volume reference to this influential, versatile, and ever timely writer.

Machiavelli's stress on political necessityrather thanmoral perfection helped inspire the Renaissance by renewing links with Thucydides and other classical thinkers. This new collection providesdeeper insight into Machiavelli's personality as a writer, thus broadening our understanding of him.

Robert D. Kaplan,

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