Subjection without Servitude: The Imperial Protectorate in Renaissance Political Thought

Subjection without Servitude: The Imperial Protectorate in Renaissance Political Thought <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article excavates some of the classical foundations of early modern European thinking about empire. It shows that Renaissance humanists drew from Roman sources a conceptual apparatus with which they described the Florentine Republic&apos;s subjection of neighboring peoples in terms that avoided the idea of slavery. Of particular importance to the humanists&apos; ideological project was their exploitation of the Roman concept of patronage. The article concludes with an account of the radical reappraisal that this patronal vision of empire underwent in Machiavelli&apos;s theory of the imperial republic, a theory with the concept of slavery at its heart.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Subjection without Servitude: The Imperial Protectorate in Renaissance Political Thought

Journal of the History of Ideas, Volume 79 (4) – Nov 7, 2018

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article excavates some of the classical foundations of early modern European thinking about empire. It shows that Renaissance humanists drew from Roman sources a conceptual apparatus with which they described the Florentine Republic&apos;s subjection of neighboring peoples in terms that avoided the idea of slavery. Of particular importance to the humanists&apos; ideological project was their exploitation of the Roman concept of patronage. The article concludes with an account of the radical reappraisal that this patronal vision of empire underwent in Machiavelli&apos;s theory of the imperial republic, a theory with the concept of slavery at its heart.</p>

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Published: Nov 7, 2018

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