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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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Machiavelli Between History and Chronicle

Machiavelli Between History and Chronicle

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On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes the relationship between the concepts of history and chronicle in the historical works of Niccolo Machiavelli. It examines several historical distances at work in Machiavelli's Florentine Histories. It suggests that unlike his humanist predecessors, Machiavelli reached back into antecedent traditions in order to arrive at a synthesis that combines history particularity derived from vernacular chronicles with an elevated rhetoricism.

Keywords:   history, chronicle, Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine Histories, antecedent traditions, particularity, vernacular chronicles, rhetoricism

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