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Constituting Freedom: Machiavelli and Florence

Fabio Raimondi


This work begins with a question posed by Machiavelli: ‘In what mode a free state, if there is one, can be maintained in corrupt cities; or, if there is not, in what mode to order it.’ The book analyses the different solutions proposed by Machiavelli starting with the hypothesis of the ‘civil principality’, passing through both the definition of the republican ‘civil and free way of life’ and the examination of the history of the Florentine institutions, to two short writings from the years 1520–22. In the Discursus florentinarum rerum and the Minuta di provisione per la riforma dello Stato di ... More

Keywords: constitution, freedom, corruption, mixed government, republic, history of Florence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198815457
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198815457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabio Raimondi, author
Senior Lecturer, University of Udine