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Political Thought from Machiavelli to Stalin

Revolutionary Machiavellism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. E. A. Rees
    Pages 1-27
  3. E. A. Rees
    Pages 28-48
  4. E. A. Rees
    Pages 49-65
  5. E. A. Rees
    Pages 66-92
  6. E. A. Rees
    Pages 93-116
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    Pages 117-142
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    Pages 143-160
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    Pages 161-197
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    Pages 198-216
  11. E. A. Rees
    Pages 217-236
  12. E. A. Rees
    Pages 237-247
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 248-324

About this book


This is the first book in English to explore the relationship between Stalin's ideas and methods, and the practices advocated by Machiavelli and those associated with 'Machiavellian' politics. It advances the concept of 'revolutionary Machiavellism' as a way of understanding a particular strand of revolutionary thought from the Jacobins through to Leninism and Stalinism. By providing a wide-ranging survey of European political thought in the Nineteenth - and early Twentieth-century, E. A. Rees locates the Bolshevik tradition within the wider European tradition.


1917 English Europe Friedrich Nietzsche Lenin Leninism Machiavelli Marx political thought politics revolution Stalinism thought Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

About the authors

E.A. REES is Professor of East European History at the European University Institute, Florence. He studied at the University of York and completed his PhD at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham. He taught political science at the University of Keele, and Russian/Soviet history at the University of Birmingham.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Political Thought from Machiavelli to Stalin
  • Book Subtitle Revolutionary Machiavellism
  • Authors E. A. Rees
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-3214-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-51577-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-50500-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political History
    History, general
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