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By Mark Jurdjevic

Like many population of booming metropolises, Machiavelli alternated among love and hate for his local urban. He frequently wrote scathing comments approximately Florentine political myopia, corruption, and servitude, but additionally wrote approximately Florence with satisfaction, patriotism, and assured wish of higher occasions. regardless of the alternating tones of sarcasm and depression he used to explain Florentine affairs, Machiavelli supplied a stubbornly continual experience that his urban had the entire fabrics and strength beneficial for a wholesale, effective, and epochal political renewal. As he memorably positioned it, Florence used to be "truly an excellent and wretched city."

Mark Jurdjevic specializes in the Florentine size of Machiavelli's political idea, revealing new features of his republican convictions. via The Prince, Discourses, correspondence, and, so much considerably, Florentine Histories, Jurdjevic examines Machiavelli's political profession and relationships to the republic and the Medici. He exhibits that major and as but unrecognized features of Machiavelli's political idea have been fantastically Florentine in concept, content material, and goal. From a brand new standpoint and armed with new arguments, an outstanding and Wretched City reengages the venerable debate approximately Machiavelli's dating to Renaissance republicanism. Dispelling the parable that Florentine politics provided Machiavelli basically destructive classes, Jurdjevic argues that his contempt for the city's shortcomings was once an instantaneous functionality of his enormous estimation of its unrealized political potential.

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30, it seems probable that Savonarola not only alerted Machiavelli to the catalytic role of envy in human history but also provided the principal interpretive framework Machiavelli used to analyze the political context that Moses and Savonarola both faced. Weinstein has observed that Machiavelli’s chapter on envy is yet another example of Machiavelli including Savonarola in a larger analysis of transhistorical figures, suggesting that Machiavelli eventually saw Savonarola as a founder figure rather than a Florentine party boss.

He] could not overcome envy because he did not have power enough and because he was not well understood by his followers who did have power. ”68 Machiavelli’s language, his reading of Moses, and his awareness of envy as a fundamental problem are all indebted to Savonarola’s commentary on envy. In his analysis of Machiavelli’s contextualization of Moses, Geerken considered the sources for Machiavelli’s conviction that Moses’s opponents were primarily motivated by envy. In the absence of any obvious or authoritative biblical source— a line in Psalms mentions the presence of envy among Moses’s followers, but Exodus, the principal text, nowhere mentions envy— Geerken deduced Machiavelli’s conviction from Machiavelli’s larger theoretical assumptions about envy as a major component of human psychology.

The letter thus also underscores the ideological dimension of factional unity. Most significant, given Machiavelli’s later writings, is the detailed consideration of Savonarolan political prudence. Machiavelli devoted the bulk of the letter to Savonarola’s political tactics, in which Machiavelli detected a complex mix of aggression, caution, foresight, cunning, and outright duplicity. ”28 Machiavelli also showed how Savonarola thought several steps ahead, integrating the political implications of one sermon with those of the next, always thinking strategically.

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