Machiavelli's New Modes and Orders A Study of the Discourses on Livy

ISBN-10: 0226503704
ISBN-13: 9780226503707
Edition: 2001
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List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

Machiavelli's New Modes and Orders is the only full-length interpretive study on Machiavelli's controversial and ambiguous work, Discourses on Livy. These discourses, considered by some to be Machiavelli's most important work, are thoroughly explained in a chapter-by-chapter commentary by Harvey C. Mansfield, one of the world's foremost interpreters of this remarkable philosopher. Mansfield's aim is to discern Machiavelli's intention in writing the book: he argues that Machiavelli wanted to introduce new modes and orders in political philosophy in order to make himself the founder of modern politics. Mansfield maintains that Machiavelli deliberately concealed part of his intentions so that only the most perceptive reader could see beneath the surface of the text and understand the whole of his book. Previously out of print, Mansfield's penetrating study brings to light the hidden thoughts lurking in the details of the Discourses on Livy to inform and challenge its readers at every step along the way.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations Machiavelli's Dedicatory Letter
Book I
Introduction
The Building of Cities
The Ordering of Regimes
Founders and Their Reputation
The Use of Religion
Living under a Prince
The Third King
The Tyranny of the New Prince
A Grateful People
The Dictator and the Decemvirate
Fear and Glory in the Multitude
Conclusion
Book II
Introduction
How Rome Acquired Its Empire
The Cause of Rome's Subjection
The Beginnings of Modernity
The Modern Army
False Opinions
Reasons or Causes
The Passions of Idleness
The Captain's Free Commission
Book III
Introduction
The Founder-Captain
Virtue and the Multitude
Machiavelli's Strategy
Index

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