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Machiavelli: Empire, Virtu and the Final Downfall

Regent, Nikola


The paper examines two aspects of empire in Machiavelli's thought. First, Machiavelli's model of the empire-building state is analysed.Machiavelli's answer to a classical question of the best form of government is discussed, establishing (1) why Machiavelli prefers a republic to a principality, and (2) why he prefers the expansionistic model of the republic based on Rome over the non-expansionistic model based on Sparta and Venice. In both cases, it is argued, Machiavelli's choice is dictated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: History of Political Thought


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