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Politics Department Speaker Series with Professor Nicolas Guilhot

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 to 8:00 pm more dates through April 3, 2018

79 Fifth Avenue, 1618 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

THE RENAISSANCE MADE-IN-PRINCETON: HOW THE COLD WAR TRANSFORMED MACHIAVELLI

Abstract. In political science, Machiavelli is often considered the first modern realist. Yet, until the late 1950s, few realist political thinkers saw themselves continuing a tradition that had started with Machiavelli and most were critical of him. It is only with the development of a new historiography of the Florentine Renaissance informed by the strategic and  political considerations of the Cold War that Machiavelli came to be reinterpreted as a realist and a republican thinker. Focusing in particular on the work of Felix Gilbert, this talk will shed light on the origins of this reading of Machiavelli and on its connection to the emergence of the U.S. national security state. 

Bio. Nicolas Guilhot is research professor at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. His work sits at the intersection political theory, the history of political thought and international relations. His most recent publications include After the Enlightenment: Political Realism and International Relations in the mid-20th Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017), The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory (Columbia University Press, 2011).

Presented by The New School for Social Research.

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