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The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition

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"The Machiavellian Moment" is a classic study of the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness of the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. J.G.A. Pocock suggests that Machiavelli's prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in time, and whic
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Published February 16th 2003 by Princeton University Press (first published 1975)
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Jul 17, 2014 Hadrian rated it really liked it
The Machiavellian Moment remains a magisterial accomplishment in the history of political theory. This grand scale of this volume encompasses several major points in theory, and it would be impossible for me to summarize the finer points of analysis here. What I can do is draw up a list of the broader areas of discussion.

These are, in order:

-A history of the currents of political philosophy from Aristotle to the mid-1400s, with some treatments on the mixture of religious thinking in political
Were I placed in charge of the administration of purgatory, I would institute a rule for the purification of scholars: they must revise their entire published oeuvre and resubmit it as a brochure.

After all, that's pretty much what they make us students do. Here is my first, informal attempt to do that for J.G.A. Pocock.

The Machiavellian Moment argues that a distinct thread of political thought ran from medieval Florence through Stuart and Hanoverian England to nineteenth-century America. This th
Jan 12, 2011 Bradley rated it it was amazing
I must say that after reading The Machiavellian Moment I better understand Gibbon (and why Mr. P. is so obsessed with him now) and my vision of American politics is all the more acute. J. H. Hexter and Caroline Robbins et al. declared the book full of "jargon," yet the conceptual language is as useful as the language he attempts to demonstrate at work in the writings of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, King Charles I and his counselors (yeah, that's right), Harrington, Defoe, Davenant, on down to Hami ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference
Historiadores contemporáneos, como J. G. A. Pocock, que enlazan el desarrollo de la Constitución de Estados Unidos y su noción de soberanía política con la tradición Maquiavélica, recorren un largo camino para comprender esta desviación del concepto de soberanía moderna.

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Feb 22, 2016 Peter Caron rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, philosophy
This is not an easy book to read. but if you are interested in the transformation of civic responsibility and Republican theory then this is a classic. The chapters on the English and American civil war and Revolution respectively are dated though there afterword addresses this to a certain extent. I did get a better understanding and appreciation for Machiavelli after reading this.
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Apr 18, 2012 Karl Georg rated it really liked it
Covers a certain thread of political thought (Man as zoon politicon; people doing politics in the polis, virtuously interacting, but always endangered by corruption; the whole thing tracing back to Aristotle and beyond) from it's (re-)emergence in the Renaissance, to how it re-surfaced in England in the 17th century, and finally contributed to shaping the constitution of the U.S.

I learned a lot, but a tough read!
If you think this is ponderous you should read his now five volume 'biography' of edward gibbon.

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