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By John Lamberton Harper

ISBN-10: 0521834856

ISBN-13: 9780521834858

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) used to be an illegitimate West Indian emigrant who turned the 1st U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. American Machiavelli specializes in Hamilton's debatable actions as international coverage adviser and aspiring army chief. within the first significant examine of his overseas coverage position in 30 years, John Lamberton Harper describes a decade of sour department over the position of the government within the economic climate throughout the 1790s and attracts parallels among Hamilton and the 16th century Italian political adviser, Niccolò Machiavelli. Harper presents an unique and hugely readable account of Hamiltonas recognized clashes with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and his key function in defining the U.S. nationwide protection approach. John Lamberton Harper is Professor of overseas coverage and ecu experiences on the Johns Hopkins collage Bologna heart. he's the writer of the USA and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1945-1948 (Cambridge 1986), winner of the 1987 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian old reviews, and American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean G. Asheson (Cambridge 1994), winner of the 1995 Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society of Historians of yankee overseas relatives. His articles and stories have seemed in several guides, together with the yank historic assessment, The magazine of yank background, the days Literary complement and overseas Affairs.

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Running through Vattel was another thread that appealed to Hamilton, Britain as model state: That illustrious nation distinguishes itself in a glorious manner by its application to every thing that can render the state more flourishing. An admirable constitution there places every citizen in a situation that enables him to contribute to this great end and every where diffuses that spirit of genuine patriotism which zealously exerts itself for the public welfare. And Vattel praised England’s essential role in preserving the European balance of power: “a system of policy which is in itself highly just and wise .

But given his knowledge of the weakness of the Italian statelets and his fixation on Rome’s achievement, it is difficult to believe that Machiavelli would have called – as he did in the same chapter – for a prince to expel 30 American Machiavelli the “barbarians” from Italy without having some form of political unity in mind. ” In 1513, the year Machiavelli made his call, the Medici clan had suddenly acquired control not only of Florence and its dominions, but of the adjacent Papal States (the Romagna, Umbria, the Marches, Lazio) – no mean base from which to begin to unify the peninsula.

24 In 1500, his political masters dispatched Machiavelli to the French court at Lyon. France and Florence had been nominal allies for many years, and France was the republic’s ostensible protector. But it was also an emerging unitary state ruled by a strong king (after 1498, Louis XII), whereas Florence was a mere city with some outlying dominions. Crossing the Alps on the first of four missions to France, Machiavelli found “that to anyone schooled in the ways of modern kingship, Florence’s governmental machinery appeared absurdly vacillating and weak .

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