The Machiavellian Moment is a work of intellectual history by J. Pocock Princeton University Press , It posits a connection between republican thought in early 16th century Florence , English-Civil War Britain , and the American Revolution. A " Machiavellian moment" is that moment when a new republic first confronts the problem of maintaining the stability of its ideals and institutions. Machiavellian thought was a response to a series of crises facing early 16th century Florence in which a seemingly virtuous state was on the cusp of destruction. In response, Machiavelli sought to revive classical republican ideals.
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Originally published in , The Machiavellian Moment remains a landmark of historical and political thought. Celebrated historian J. 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 is easily one of ten most influential books in my life. The author traces the origins and development of 16th-century Italian political thought and its transmission to a very different political John Greville Agard Pocock. Pocock is the Harry C.
Richard Whatmore is professor of modern history at the University of St Andrews and director of the St. Andrews Institute of Intellectual History.
The Machiavellian moment: Florentine political thought and the Atlantic republican tradition
The Machiavellian Moment is a classic study of the consequences for modern historical and social consciousness of the ideal of the classical republic revived by Machiavelli and other thinkers of Renaissance Italy. Pocock suggests that Machiavelli's prime emphasis was on the moment in which the republic confronts the problem of its own instability in time, and which he calls the "Machiavellian moment. After examining this problem in the thought of Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and Giannotti, Pocock turns to the revival of republican thought 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.
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