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The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume One: The Renaissance

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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 February 15th 1979 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 30th 1978)
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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
Justin Evans
Jan 08, 2011 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.
Amin Riahi
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اینکه تکوین اندیشه سیاسی در رنسانس چگونه بود و اینکه رنسانس با قرون وسطی، جمهوری رم و دولتشهرهای یونان پیوست داشته یا که تمدن جدید حاصل یک گسست است و البته اینکه تبار ایده آزادی را تا چه سالی میتوان دنبال کرد در این کتاب به بهترین شکل ممکن به بحث گذاشته شده است. ...more
mohab samir
إن الفلسفة السياسية من أقدم الموضوعات التى شغلت بال الإنسان بل تعد من أولى الموضوعات التى شغلت بال هذا الكائن الإجتماعى بعد مواضيع الميثولوجيا الأولية كالبحث فى وجود إله .
والفلسفة السياسية كالحياة تتطور وتعتمد فى تطورها على أحداث الماضى وبدقة أكثر فهى دائريه دائرية التاريخ فتعود لتكرر نفسها لكن فى اثواب مختلفة نسجتها ظروف عصرها .
فالأسباب التى أدت إلى كل الديموقراطيات التى قامت عبر التاريخ من ديموقراطية أثينا إلى ديموقراطية الغرب الحالية هى هى ذاتها فى كل زمان ومكان لكنها تختلف فقط فى
Andrej Virdzek
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Prof. Skinner is known as one of the leading intellectual historians in the contemporary academia. In reading this book you will find some very good reasons to share this judgment.

First of all, and I cannot overstate the point, the book finds a very delicate balance in two areas. One is the historical vs. theoretical side of the subject matter. On one hand you are presented with the necessary institutional, educational and political background, on the other, you can see the arguments presented
Oct 14, 2015 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.
Corey Rowe
Jan 03, 2010 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:)
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.

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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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