Machiavelli and Political Conspiracies: The Struggle for Power in the Italian Renaissance

1st Edition

Alessandro Campi

Routledge
Published June 19, 2018
Reference - 158 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138624108 - CAT# K390489
Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance and Early Modern Worlds of Knowledge

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Summary

The theme of conspiracy is central to Machiavelli's writing. His work offers observations and analysis of conspiracy as part of the armoury of the Renaissance politician. Surprisingly, the theme has not yet received the attention it merits. This volume corrects an interpretation which reduces Machiavelli's position to one of censorious observer of conspiracies. Quite to the contrary, as Campi demonstrates, Machiavelli developed an anatomy of conspiracy and provided a practical manual for coup d'état" and violent seizure of power.

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