Machiavelli

A Very Short Introduction

By Quentin Skinner
(Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780192854070, 110pp.)

Publication Date: January 2001

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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin Skinner focuses on three major works, ThePrince, the Discourses, and The History of Florence, and distills from them an introduction to Machiavelli of exemplary clarity.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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