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Title: The Modern Prince: Gramsci's Reading of Machiavelli
Authors: Thomas, PD
Keywords: Gramsci’s ‘modern Prince’;Machiavelli scholarship;Reading
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Citation: History of Political Thought, (2016)
Abstract: Gramsci’s ‘modern Prince’ has often been interpreted in relation to his theory of political parties. According to this reading, Gramsci was constrained by carceral censorship to use this Machiavellian metaphor as a ‘codeword’. This interpretation has tended to direct attention away from the novelty of Gramsci’s reading of The Prince in the Prison Notebooks. This article argues that a contextualist and diachronic reading of the development of the figure of the modern Prince allows it to be understood as also a novel contribution to the Machiavelli scholarship of Gramsci’s time and the tradition of ‘democratic’ readings of The Prince.
ISSN: 0143-781X
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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