Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke

@article{McCormick2011PropheticSM,
  title={Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli and the Passion of the Duke},
  author={John P. McCormick},
  journal={Representations},
  year={2011},
  volume={115},
  pages={1-19}
}
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