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Основные направления политической мысли и историографии Чинквеченто после Макьявелли и Гвиччардини

Present work is aimed at summarizing and classifying the principle areas and genres of the Italian historical and political thought of the XVI century (Cinquecento). Addressing the large corpus of historical and political literature of the period, author focuses on pragmatically oriented writings, influenced by Machiavelli and directed against him; treatises, inheriting the scholastic political culture; monumental Counterreformation works; writings, succeeding to the Quattrocento humanistic tradition; a vast bulk of erudite “antiquarian” literature; samples of popular didactic genres (biographies, concetti). The multiplicity of historical literary genres is treated as a system of forms and ways of converting the knowledge about the Past into an instrument of social orientation as well as into a means of argumentation in exposition of political views.