Politics, Patriotism and Language: Niccolò Machiavelli's "secular Patria" and the Creation of an Italian National Identity

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Niccolò Machiavelli may not have been a cynical realist as he is often portrayed. On the contrary, this book argues that he precociously possessed the characteristics of an impassioned, sometimes misguided idealist, obsessed with the idea of Italian unification, but blinded to the practicalities of attaining that goal. William J. Landon suggests that these characteristics may help to explain his appeal to Italy's «Risorgimento» founders. This interdisciplinary volume, which also contains the first translation of a «Discourse or Dialogue Concerning our Language» since 1961, works well as a core text, or as a complement to courses in Renaissance history, literature or political science.
 

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Contents

Patria in the Context of Niccolo Machiavellis
7
Machiavellis Secular Patrice His Sources
21
The Secretary and the Citizen Army
37
Machiavellis Road to Exile
51
Niccolò Machiavelli Author of the Discorso
69
The Date of the Dialogo and of Machiavellis
111
A New Translation of the Discorso o dialogo
129
Conclusion
143
Supplement to Chapter Two Occurrences
155
Supplement to Chapter Three
165
Supplement to Chapter Seven
167
Patria m the Works of Francesco Guicciardini
193
Patria and Related Words
217
Bibliography
281
Index
295
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About the author (2005)

The Author: William J. Landon received his Ph.D. in Italian history from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Currently, he is lecturing in European history at Northern Kentucky University.

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