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Commentators on Machiavelli's Discourses have disagreed about whether he seeks to establish a new, more democratic form of republic, revive an imperial republic like Rome, or educate a new political elite, because they have not seen the logic that connects the three books. Machiavelli first argues that the internal liberty of Rome depended on arming her people. He then shows how a modern republic can avoid the destructive effects of Roman imperialism. Finally, he teaches his readers how to preserve a republic better than the Romans.
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Keywords: Athens; Brutus; Camillus; Christianity; Cincinnatus; Discourses; Florence; Machiavelli; Numa; Rome; Romulus; Sparta; art of war; empires; envy; glory; humours; league; republic

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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