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The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume One: The Renaissance (The Foundations of Modern Political Thought #1)

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A two-volume study of political thought from the late 13th to the end of the 16th century, the decisive period of transition from medieval to modern political theory. The work is intended to be an introduction to the period as well as a presentation and justification of a particular approach to the interpretation of historical texts.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 30th 1978 by Cambridge University Press
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Katie
This is NOT the sort of book that deserves to be skimmed. Due to external circumstances, though, I did not have a very long time to spend with it, and I had to read it much more quickly than I would have liked. I'd like to come back to it someday, but for now it's very possible that I missed important nuances here and there.

Quentin Skinner's book is a classic, and it doesn't take long to see why - it has a genuinely impressive breadth of vision (and must have required a crazy amount of close rea
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Justin Evans
Jan 08, 2011 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's to review? There's no competition, nothing else you can read that will fill in the story for you so well or so clearly. It can get a bit dry, but you can put up with that for a couple hundred pages, because the garbage that Skinner had to read to write this must have been equally if not more dry, and run into the hundreds of thousands of pages. A wonderful combination of history, history of ideas, and the ways they act on each other.
Simon
Oct 25, 2015 Simon rated it liked it
Very good. A fine summary of some key movements in political thought throughout the Italian Renaissance. The key idea is the importance of the rise and impact of humanism on the re-shaping of political thought. Skinner also emphasises the important role that scholastic thought had in all of this, but humanism is the main game.
Daniel Wright
Rating this book seems like something of an act of lèse-majesté; when I read Skinner I am too much in awe of the depth and breadth of his literacy and understanding. His ability to continue to use the standard dry academic register while nevertheless evoking in the reader an sincere fascination with the subject. In fact, his selection and presentation of content alone is enough to maintain interest, even when studying the abstract musings of obscure mediaeval Italian lawyers.

I am not, of course,
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Corey Rowe
Jan 03, 2010 Corey Rowe rated it liked it
get his shorter books to find main ideas, then sift through this index. don't read cover to cover, use as reference. he's too smart for normal folk. but memorize some of his quotes to impress at cocktail parties:)
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Educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship upon obtaining a double-starred first in History, Quentin Skinner accepted, however, a teaching Fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he taught until 2008, except for four years in the 1970s spent at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1978 he was appointed to the chair of Political Scie ...more
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