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History Professor to Discuss Recent Book on Machiavelli at the Italian American Museum in New York City  

William ConnellWilliam Connell, the holder of the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in the History Department at Seton Hall, will discuss his recent book Machiavelli nel Rinascimento italiano (Machiavelli in the Italian Renaissance) in a book presentation and signing on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., at the Italian American Museum at 155 Mulberry St. in New York City. The event is free and open to the public.

Published in October 2015 by FrancoAngeli of Milan, Machiavelli nel Rinascimento italiano explores Connell's discoveries concerning the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Connell's book features 10 chapters on such topics as the relation between Republicanism and the Renaissance, a new dating of The Prince, and the letters exchanged between the Medici family and subject towns in Tuscany.

"This book has offered a great opportunity to gather the essays that over the years have been my 'greatest hits,' " said Connell. "Most have appeared in a number of formats and languages, not just in English and Italian, but also in books and journals in Spanish, French, Russian and Romanian. So it's wonderful now to have them updated, illustrated with color plates, and all in one place for people who are interested in Machiavelli and his time."

Machiavelli Thanks to newly discovered documents, Connell was able to gain a deeper understanding of Machiavelli and his 16th-century book The Prince. At the book presentation and signing, Connell will discuss the circumstances in which Machiavelli wrote his great works and share more about the society and culture of Italy circa the year 1500. December is an important month for Machiavelli aficionados because it was on December 10 that Machiavelli wrote a very famous and touching letter announcing that he had written his great book about princes. In the archive of an Italian aristocratic family Connell discovered the secret message that prompted this letter.

Connell, who has taught Italian and Italian American History at Seton Hall since 1998, has dedicated years to studying Machiavelli's political thought. In 2012, he won the Listener Choice Award for his Academic Minute, "Machiavelli Faces Unemployment," which was broadcast on Northeast Public Radio/WAMC. His extensive archival research on the life and career of Machiavelli resulted in a widely-praised translation of The Prince. Connell is currently co-editing the Routledge History of Italian Americans.

For more information about the book presentation and signing, please contact William Connell at or (973) 953-6760.

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For more information, please contact:

  • William Connell
  • (973) 953-6760
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