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Debating Foreign Policy in the Renaissance
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Debating Foreign Policy in the Renaissance: Speeches on War and Peace by Francesco Guicciardini

Marco Cesa


This book includes a collection of debates on foreign policy from the works of Guicciardini, freshly translated with new commentary. This book brings together eleven pairs of opposing speeches on foreign policy written by Florentine statesman and historian Francesco Guicciardini (1483–1540). Collectively, they constitute a remarkable collection of debates on war, peace, alliance, and more. Incisive and elegant, the debates contain an early formulation of concepts such as the balance of power and the security dilemma — ideas that are still in international politics today. This book highlights t ... More

Keywords: Francesco Guicciardini, war, peace, alliance, balance of power, security, international theory, Machiavelli, Realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474415040
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415040.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Cesa, editor
University of Bologna

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