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British lecturer Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli? Public lecture by Quentin Skinner

Published on Feb 21, 2013
Professor Quentin Skinner delivered a public lecture at the University of York, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince.

Professor Skinner is the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.


Chapter 19 is the core of the book:  How to maintain your state; avoid being hated; be feared but not hated.  Possess "extraordinary virtu."

"Concerned with how you GET power (ch 1 - 11) and how you hold on to power.

"Only one way to maintain power:  by virtu."

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