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Botero: The Reason of State

Botero: The Reason of State

Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Publication planned for: August 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107141827

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  • Niccolò Machiavelli's seminal work, The Prince, argued that a ruler could not govern morally and be successful. Giovanni Botero disputed this argument and proposed a system for the maintenance and expansion of a state that remained moral in character. Founding an anti-Machiavellian tradition that aimed to refute Machiavelli in practice, Botero is an important figure in early modern political thought, though he remains relatively unknown. His most notable work, Della ragion di Stato, first popularised the term 'reason of state' and made a significant contribution to a major political debate of the time - the perennial issue of the relationship between politics and morality - and the book became a political 'bestseller' in the late sixteenth and the seventeenth century. This translation of the 1589 volume introduces Botero to a wider Anglophone readership and extends this influential text to a modern audience of students and scholars of political thought.

    • Introduces an influential but often overlooked late Renaissance writer to a wider English-speaking audience
    • An important primary source for understanding contemporary reactions to Machiavelli, and the anti-Machiavellian tradition
    • Enriches our understanding of early modern Italian and Counter Reformation political thought
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    • Publication planned for: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107141827
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Book 1
    Part II. Book Two
    Part III. Book Three
    Part IV. Book Four
    Part V. Book Five
    Part VI. Book Six
    Part VII. Book Seven
    Part VIII. Book Eight
    Part IX. Book Nine
    Part X. Book Ten
    Part XI. Appendix A
    Part XII. Appendix B
    Part XIII. Appendix C
    Part XIV. Appendix D.

  • Author

    Giovanni Botero

    Editor

    Robert Bireley, Loyola University, Chicago
    Robert Bireley is Professor of History Emeritus at Loyola University, Chicago, and has received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. Recent works include Ferdinand II: Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578–1637 (Cambridge, 2014).

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