Visions of Politics is a major collection of the principal published and unpublished essays of Quentin Skinner, one of the leading historians of ideas in the world who, over the past forty years, has pioneered a distinctive and highly influential approach to the subject. Skinner's work is characterized by philosophical power, clarity, and elegance of exposition, and these essays, many of which are now recognized classics, provide a fascinating and convenient digest of the development of his thought. Each essay has been carefully revised for publication in this collection. Quentin Skinner is a Fellow of the British Academy and Regius Professor of Modern History and Pro-Vice-Chancellor University of Cambridge. Professor Skinner has been associated with institutions world-wide, including Princeton University, Northwestern University, Australian National University and Université Paris. His most recent books are Liberty Before Liberalism (Cambridge, 1998) and (with David Armitage and Armand Hirmy) Milton and Republicanism (Cambridge, 1998).