Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Machiavelli, Prince of…Democracy?

'The other side of the Renaissance man, known today for promoting autocratic power.'

Matthew Wills reviews Machiavellian Democracy by John P. McCormick at JSTOR Daily.

"But the less-well-known Machiavelli may come as a surprise. He was also an active defender of republican democracy. His Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius, often shortened to Discourses on Livy, was written around 1517 and published posthumously, in 1531. Building on his 'free interpretation' of the history of the Roman republic, as well as his own experiences of the fate of the Florentine republic, Discourses became Machiavelli’s great contribution to modern republicanism."

See Machiavelli, The Prince, in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 23, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 21

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