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The Machiavellian Moment
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Originally published in 1975, The Machiavellian Moment remains a landmark of historical and political thought. Celebrated historian J.G.A. Pocock looks at the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness arising from the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. Pocock shows that Machiavelli’s prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in time, which Pocock calls the “Machiavellian moment.”

After examining this problem in the works of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Giannotti, Pocock turns to the revival of republican ideology in Puritan England and in Revolutionary and Federalist America. He argues that the American Revolution can be considered the last great act of civic humanism of the Renaissance and he relates the origins of modern historicism to the clash between civic, Christian, and commercial values in eighteenth-century thought.

This Princeton Classics edition of The Machiavellian Moment features a new introduction by Richard Whatmore.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction to the New Princeton Classics Edition
  2. Richard Whatmore
  3. pp. vii-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. J.G.A. Pocock
  3. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. PART ONE. Particularity and Time The Conceptual Background
  1. I. The Problem and Its Modes: A) Experience, Usage and Prudence
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. II. The Problem and Its Modes: B) Providence, Fortune and Virtue
  2. pp. 31-48
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  1. III. The Problem and Its Modes: C) The Vita Activa and the Vivere Civile
  2. pp. 49-80
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  1. PART TWO. The Republic and its Fortune: Florentine Political Thought from 1494 to 1530
  1. IV. From Bruni to Savonarola: Fortune, Venice and Apocalypse
  2. pp. 83-113
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  1. V. The Medicean Restoration: A) Guicciardini and the Lesser Ottimati, 1512-1516
  2. pp. 114-155
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  1. VI. The Medicean Restoration: B) Machiavelli’s II Principe
  2. pp. 156-182
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  1. VII. Rome and Venice: A) Machiavelli’s Discorsi and Arte della Guerra
  2. pp. 183-218
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  1. VIII. Rome and Venice: B) Guicciardini’s Dialogo and the Problem of Optimate Prudence
  2. pp. 219-271
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  1. IX. Giannotti and Contarini: Venice as Concept and as Myth
  2. pp. 272-330
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  1. PART THREE. Value and History in the Prerevolutionary Atlantic
  1. X. The Problem of English Machiavellism: Modes of Civic Consciousness before the Civil War
  2. pp. 333-360
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  1. XI. The Anglicization of the Republic: A) Mixed Constitution, Saint and Citizen
  2. pp. 361-400
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  1. XII. The Anglicization of the Republic: B) Court, Country and Standing Army
  2. pp. 401-422
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  1. XIII. Neo-Machiavellian Political Economy: The Augustan Debate over Land, Trade and Credit
  2. pp. 423-461
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  1. XIV. The Eighteenth-Century Debate: Virtue, Passion and Commerce
  2. pp. 462-505
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  1. XV. The Americanization of Virtue: Corruption, Constitution and Frontier
  2. pp. 506-552
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 553-584
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 585-600
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 601-638
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