Winter 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1959 |

Old Nick and New Adam

Machiavellism: The Doctrine Of Raisoon D'Etat And Its Place In Modern History by Friedrich Meinecke. Yale University Press. $8.50. Machiavelli And The Renaissance by Federico Chabod. Bowes and Bowes. $6.00. It is curious that Machiavelli, the originator of systematic political realism, should have become the almost undisputed property of historians. These two excellent books, one by a German, the other by an Italian professor, are studies of Machiavelli as at once the creature and the creator of a certain definable style of political analysis and behavior: reacting to Renaissance statecraft, he determined the political conditions of the baroque. Both books were written in the course of the 1920's and both stimulated further investigations—those of Butterfield and Ritter, for example—into the sources and consequences of the Florentine thinker's work. This body of historical writing represents, for all intents and purposes, the modern interpretation of Machiavelli. Such a

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A Point of Patience

By Henry Gifford

Machiavellism: The Doctrine Of Raisoon D'Etat And Its Place In Modern History by Friedrich Meinecke. Yale University Press. $8.50. Machiavelli And The Renaissance by Federico Chabod. Bowes and Bowes. $6.00. […]

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