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Fortune Is a Woman

Gender and Politics in the Thought of Niccolo Machiavelli

"Fortune is a woman, and if you want to keep her under, you’ve got to knock her around some."—Niccolò Machiavelli

Hanna Pitkin’s provocative and enduring study of Machiavelli was the first to systematically place gender at the center of its exploration of his political thought. In this edition, Pitkin adds a new afterword, in which she discusses the book’s critical reception and situates the book’s arguments in the context of recent interpretations of Machiavelli’s thought.

"A close and often brilliant exegesis of Machiavelli’s writings."—The American Political Science Review

384 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1984

Political Science: Classic Political Thought, Political and Social Theory

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction
1. Autonomy—Personal and Political
Part II. Manhood
2. The Fox and the Forefathers
3. The Founder
4. The Citizen and His Rivals
Part III. Women
5. ". . . Because of Women"
6. Fortune
Part IV. Families and Foundings
7. Psychological Theory
8. Sociological History
9. Family Origins: Rome and "Beginnings"
10. Family Origins: Florence and the "Return to Beginnings"
Part V. Meditations on Machiavelli
11. Action and Membership
12. Judgment and Autonomy
Afterthoughts, 1999
Bibliography of Works Cited

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