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The work of Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) has a variety of
meanings for different interpreters. Some attribute to him a new
'scientific method' of drawing conclusions from practical or
historical experience in order to form rules for successful
political behaviour, with its emphasis on man's behavioural
patterns rather than on moral precepts as a basis for politics.
Others attribute to him a belief in the autonomy of the state -
that the state is a structure governed by its own laws of
development and that it finds its justification only in terms of
its success. Others again emphasise his republicanism and see him
as a theorist of the modern state. [Some believe his first name is
the proper basis of an appellation of the Devil.] Although a lucid
writer in many respects, the metaphorical way in which Machiavelli
expressed some of his key concepts and his preference for working
through examples rather that elaborating principles has given much
scope for debate about his actual intentions. These volumes present
in chronological order the most significant articles on Machiavelli
written in the 20th century and offer a representative selection of
the numerous interpretations of his work.
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