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p. xiii

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p. xiv

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1. Political Theory as Textual Criticism

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pp. 1-21

In his eyes, Voltaire’s insistence on satire, political criticism, and irreligion weakened the thousand-year-old bonds of blind faith that had kept the order of monarchical civilization since Charlemagne. De Maistre was an extremist and a romantic, but despite his feverish approach to political theory, he understood an essential element of the Enlightenment.1>/sup> Doubt and skepticism, sharpened into tools ...

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2. How to Teach Kings to Read History: Humanist Culture and the Disenchantment of Absolutist Power

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pp. 37-55

Renaissance reading practices, yet he was one of the greatest pro-fecting his own methods of communing with the classics, he started a move-ment that allied humanist reading with politics, which was the very basis ofpolitical science. At one level, he read the classics to escape from his prob-lems and enter into a sphere of high ideas. At another, he read to ‹nd practi-...

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3. Political Power in the Archives: From Reason of State to Critical History

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pp. 56-73

...informational tools of governance, the French crown created a pub-lic sphere without truly understanding its full rami‹cations. The veryfact that the res publica entered into a dialogue with its opponents opened thePandora’s box of public criticism. Every pamphlet or of‹cial work of historynot only evoked a response but begged to be critiqued and analyzed. The...

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4. In the Workshop of Politics: Amelot de La Houssaye and the Methods of Unmasking Venice

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pp. 74-86

...he rue St. Jacques is one of the oldest streets in Paris. It begins infront of Notre Dame and the Île de la Cité and leads directly souththrough the Left Bank. In ancient Lutetia, it was the main road toRome, and later of course, to Santiago de Compostela. By the sixteenth cen-tury, it was the printers’ street, teeming with bookshops, printers, appren-...

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5. How to Read a Subversive: Decoding Reason of State of the Self

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pp. 87-103

...melot learned a hard lesson with the History of the Government ofVenice: if you publish an original work of political criticism withyour name printed on the title page, you may risk prison or evenworse. Was it possible in Amelot’s time to publish politically critical workswhile avoiding censorship and retribution? Amelot’s response to the prob-...

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6. The Machiavellian Reformation: Critical Technologies of Reading and the Culture of Personal Prudence

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pp. 104-129

...rom its ascendancy in late antiquity, the Catholic Church regulatedwhich books were to form its holy canon, who had the right to readthem, and how to read in general. As passionate as St. Augustine feltabout reading, his Confessions represent the church’s long obsession withlimiting the reading of the faithful. Turn away from Aristotle and books of...

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7. An Enlightened Prince Reads Machiavelli, and a Philosophe Publishes The Prince

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pp. 130-143

...n 1739, one year before ascending the throne, Frederick II, future king ofPrussia, the most famous royal reader of the Enlightenment, set out torefute Machiavelli with a commentary on The Prince. Wanting a modelon which to base his refutation, Frederick read Amelot de La Houssaye’stranslation of the ‹rst books of Tacitus’s Annals, Tacite: Les six premiers...

Notes

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pp. 144-185

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Catalog of Works by Abraham-Nicolas Amelot de La Houssaye

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pp. 186-191

A basic premise of this book is that Amelot de La Houssaye is the author of the books heedited. Thus, this bibliography, though not possibly exhaustive, contains all works hewrote, translated, and edited. Works by other authors—such as Baltasar Gracián, Machi-avelli, Paolo Sarpi, La Rochefoucauld, and Tacitus—that were edited by Amelot are foundhere and not in the principal bibliography; the original author’s name is found at the head...

Bibliography

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pp. 192-211

Index

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pp. 212-217