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Debating Foreign Policy in the Renaissance

Speeches on War and Peace by Francesco Guicciardini

Edited by Marco Cesa

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A remarkable collection of debates on foreign policy from the works of Guicciardini, freshly translated with new commentary

This book brings together 11 pairs of opposing speeches on foreign policy written by Florentine statesman and historian Francesco Guicciardini (1483–1540). Collectively, they constitute a remarkable collection of debates on war, peace, alliance and more.

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Contents

Introduction
1. On Whether or Not the Florentines Should Wage War against the Church
2. On Whether or Not the Florentines Should Accept the Peace Agreement That the Duke of Milan Is Offering
3. On Whether or Not the Florentines Should Launch a War of Aggression against Lucca
4. On Whether or Not the King of France Should Make Peace with the Duke of Milan
5. On Whether or Not the Venetians Should Sign an Offensive Alliance with the King of France
6. On Whether the Venetians Should Ally with the King of the Romans or Stick to the Alliance with the King of France
7. On Whether the Venetians Should Ally with the Emperor or Stick to the Alliance with the King of France
8. On Whether the Emperor Should Be Magnanimous towards the King of France, Whom He Holds Prisoner, or Impose Severe Terms on Him
9. On Whether or Not the Venetians Should Make an Agreement with the Emperor or Risk War against Him
10. On Whether the Pope Should Make an Agreement with the Emperor or Wage War against Him
11. On Whether the Emperor Should Make an Agreement with the Italian States or the King of France
Index

About the Author

Marco Cesa is Professor of International Relations in the University of Bologna.

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A marvellous window into both the world of Renaissance diplomacy and the origins of thought about the international system.

- Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge

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