Machiavelli in Russia, 1800–1917
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In this chapter we examine the way in which Machiavelli’s ideas were disseminated and received in Russia in the period 1800 to 1917. We shall briefly review the debate on Machiavelli in Russia in the preceding three centuries. It was in the nineteenth century that Machiavelli’s ideas were widely disseminated and debated. This was part of a trend across the whole of Europe, which witnessed in the nineteenth century a huge upsurge of interest in Machiavelli’s political thought. In this chapter we concentrate essentially on the debate amongst scholars: historians, jurists, cultural specialists, philosophers, sociologists, military experts, etc. As we shall see the debate was fierce and highly polarized between Machiavelli’s defenders and detractors.
KeywordsNineteenth Century Sixteenth Century Political Thought Moral Force Political Writer
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