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Read online The Discourses.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Discourses Few figures in intellectual history have proved as notorious and ambiguous as Niccolo Machiavelli But while his treatise i The Prince i made his name synonymous with autocratic ruthlessness and cynical manipulation i The Discourses i c shows a radically different outlook on the world of politics .

In this carefully argued commentary on Livy s history of republican Rome Machiavelli proposed a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship and that would also encourage citizens to put the needs of the state above selfish personal interests .

Ambitious in scope but also clear eyed and pragmatic i The Discourses i creates a modern theory of republic politics Leslie J Walker s definitive translation has been revised by Brian Richardson and is accompanied by an introduction by Bernard Crick which illuminates Machiavelli s historical context and his new theories of politics This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes by Niccolò Machiavelli, Bernard Crick, Leslie J. Walker

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The Discourses
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This volume includes the complete translated texts of both i The Prince i and the i Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius i Livy along with a historical and critical Introduction by Max Lerner br br Nothing could be more timely than the publication at this moment of history of the two works which made Machiavelli both famous and infamous as a model for contemporary statesmen i The Prince i and i The Discourses i have become required reading for an understanding of our daily newspaper headlines br br These books have never before been printed in a single volume The texts are complete and unabridged An illuminating introduction is provided by Max Lerner who traces the career and thought of the first analyst of power and the uses to which political domination can be put for aggression and the expanding control of the state br from the jacket of the edition, i The Prince and Other Writings i by b Niccolo Machiavelli b is part of the i Barnes amp Noble Classics i i i series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of i Barnes amp Noble Classics i br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest i Barnes amp Noble Classics i pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br br One of history s greatest political philosophers b Niccol Machiavelli b is notorious for his treatise i The Prince i which has become a cornerstone of modern political theory Written in and published in after Machivelli s death i The Prince i immediately provoked controversy that has continued unabated to this day br br Defining human nature as inherently selfish Machiavelli proposes that social conflict and violence are natural phenomena that help determine the ablest most versatile form of government Asserting that idealism has no place in the political arena i The Prince i primarily addresses a monarch s difficulties in retaining authority Considered the first expression of political realism it has often been accused of advocating a political philosophy in which the end justifies the means Indeed the emphasis in i The Prince i on practical success at the expense even of traditional moral values earned Machiavelli a reputation for ruthlessness deception and cruelty Many scholars contend however that the author s pragmatic views of ethics and politics reflected the realities of his time as exemplified by the Medici family of Florence br br Debates about Machiavelli s theories are as lively today as they were years ago but no one questions the importance of his fundamental contribution to Western political thought This newly translated edition also includes Machiavelli s i Letter to Francesco Vettori i i The Life of Castruccio Castracani i and excerpts from the i Discourses on Livy i br b Wayne A Rebhorn b Celanese Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas has authored numerous studies of Renaissance European literature His i Foxes and Lions Machiavelli s Confidence Men i won the Howard R Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association of America in, Here are i The Prince i and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare vivid English Why a new translation Machiavelli was never the dull worthy pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations says David Wootton in his Introduction In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice And indeed Wootton s Machiavelli does just that when the occasion demands renderings of that most problematic of words virtu are in each instance followed by the Italian Notes a map and an altogether remarkable Introduction no less authoritative for being grippingly readable help make this edition an ideal first encounter with Machiavelli for any student of history and political theory, Theodoric possessed great talents both for war and peace in the former he was always conqueror and in the latter he conferred very great benefits upon the cities and people under him He distributed the Ostrogoths over the country each district under its leader that he might more conveniently command them in war and govern them in peace He enlarged Ravenna restored Rome and with the exception of military discipline conferred upon the Romans every honor