Chapter 6. Politics: The Emergence of the Modern State?

  1. William Caferro

Published Online: 4 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324501.ch6

Contesting the Renaissance

Contesting the Renaissance

How to Cite

Caferro, W. (2010) Politics: The Emergence of the Modern State?, in Contesting the Renaissance, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324501.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Contesting the Past

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123693

Online ISBN: 9781444324501



  • politics, the emergence of the modern state;
  • association of politics with modernity – holding on firmly in the literature;
  • New Monarchy and Nation States - advocates of new monarchy stressing its evolutionary nature;
  • France, most representative example - centralized monarchical power, culminating with Louis XIV absolutist state;
  • role played by bureaucratic forms in Renaissance politics;
  • notion of coercive state power - receiving much attention;
  • Renaissance warfare - that it was enormously costly;
  • states exercising coercive power - internally, through control of crime and violence, and gender and family relations;
  • Florence and Republicanism - Florence, focal point of genesis of modern-day Republicanism;
  • Machiavelli, and “the climate of the time” - turning point and “modern stage” in Renaissance political thought


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • New Monarchy and Nation States

  • Coercion, Standing Armies, and Military Revolutions

  • Ritual, Religion, and Imagined Communities

  • Renaissance Italian States

  • Florence and Republicanism

  • Machiavelli: Republican or Monarchist?