Politics, Patriotism, and Language

Politics, Patriotism, and Language

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Niccolo 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.qNiccolA² Machiavellia#39;s aquot;secular Patriaaquot; and the Creation of an Italian National Identity William J. Landon ... of the book, even though semi-publication through dedication did not take place until about two years later. ... more natural for Machiavelli than to insert in the Principe the somewhat vague and mystifying cross reference to his more recent but not yet aquot;publishedaquot; work: aquot;altra volta ne ragionai a lungo.

Title:Politics, Patriotism, and Language
Author:William J. Landon
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2005


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