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The Morals of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Throughout the years many rulers and princes have strived to be the best. The book some believe set the standards for a prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Morals of a Prince." Machiavelli states "Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity" proving that he believes it vital for a prince to know wrong in order to thrive and flourish (Machiavelli 331). Machiavelli undoubtedly has key points that reveal his feelings about being a successful, wrong prince....   [tags: The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli]

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How Princes Should Honor their Word: "The Prince” by Niccolo` Machiavelli

- In this book “The Prince” written by Niccolo` Machiavelli attempts to persuade the readers how princes should act in order to keep their thrones, or how to capture a throne and uphold it. He also illustrates to us how by not following this system can lead to death or becoming overthrown. I was amazed at how well his compositional skills were and in my attempt to show you how skillful of a writer and persuader he is we will look at chapter XVIII. By introducing the chapter with politics, coming up with clear and logical main points, and laying out all possibilities and consequences of those points I believed that this chapter made a very impressive persuasive argument....   [tags: Prince, Niccolo` Machiavelli, government, monarchy]

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Analysis of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- ... Threw out the story it gives you an outline of choosing your role as a prince you can live and server in a good way, such as being at peach with your kingdom or city seeing how "A wise prince should follow similar methods and never remain idle in peaceful times" by rebuilding or reaching out to the people it could sever great adversity. So if fortune changes the kingdom will still be behind you no matter what comes in the near days to come. At the same time your army will neglect you if they feel like it's too much peace in the area and not enough war....   [tags: friendship, citizens, title, prince]

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Philosopy: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- ... He is obviously aware that with freedom, there is a cost. There will somehow always be a person who may take advantage of this freedom to harm another person, which is where the government that serves their citizen’s interests comes in. Continuing with political power, Locke begins to describe the difference between the state of nature and the state of war, which are described as being different and he provides many examples to prove his point. He defines a state of nature as: “men living together according to reason without a common superior on earth, with authority to judge between them.” (Locke, page 16) Furthermore, he defines a state of war as: “force, or a declared design of forc...   [tags: marx, locke, political power]

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Niccolo Machiavelli And Thomas Hobbes

- Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes are two men that have contributed to political science and philosophy, over the course of their history, each contributed ideas that are still relevant today. Machiavelli’s considered as one of the founders of modern political science for his realistic views in The Prince, which was wrote for aspiring leaders. His ideology is that in order to be successful, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty, and be willing to use your own people to do so/if need be....   [tags: Political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli was a fifteenth century diplomat and historian. Born in Florence in 1469, he lived during a turbulent time in Italy’s history when the division and rivalry between city-states made Italy vulnerable to external powers such as France and Spain. Although he created many other works such as plays and poems, his most famous work is perhaps The Prince. Machiavelli is primarily remembered for his political works and is known as the father of modern political thinking (Monte, 2013; Wilcox, 1975)....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Virtue]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- When striving for power there are various methods that are used in order to assert dominance upon ones’ peers. As presented in The Prince written by Niccolo Machiavelli and translated by William J. Connell various characteristics of a true leader must be adapted and practiced in order to establish a powerful and long lasting princedom. Through Ceasare Borgia, Remirro de Orco, and Pope Alexander VI Machiavelli is able to establish cruelty as an effective yet hazardous tool to gain power and influence....   [tags: Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, Florence]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- According to legend, just before his death, Niccolo Machiavelli told his friends that had remained faithful to him up until the very end about a dream he had had. In his dream, he had seen a group of peasants, wretched and decrepit in appearance. He asked them who they were. They replied, ‘We are the saintly and the blessed; we are on our way to heaven.’ Then he saw a crowd of formally attired men, aristocratic and grim in appearance, speaking solemnly of important political matters. Again, he asked them who they were and where they were going....   [tags: Philosophers ]

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A Comprehensive Review Of The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- A Comprehensive Review of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Ryan Ardelle University of Pittsburgh ADMJ 1235: Organized Crime Professor Giunta October 21, 2014 No book has been as influential to the practice of realpolitik throughout history as Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. This Renaissance classic is so infamous for its unorthodox lessons that the author even has a word dedicated to him – Machiavellianism – referring to the employment of cunning, deception, expediency, or duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct....   [tags: Florence, House of Medici, Political philosophy]

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Niccolo Machiavelli: How to Lead the Way

- Niccolo Machiavelli was one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance. He started to write “The Prince” in July of 1513 and finished it in 1514. The Prince was written during a time of political turbulence, as a practical guide to help Lorenzo de’ Medici stay in power, and also as a guide for a ruler or future ruler, showing what a ruler needs to do to maintain political power while withstanding attacks by foreign powers. He also stated, “I too would like to commend myself to Your Magnificence with some token of my readiness to serve you” (Machiavelli)....   [tags: Philosophy]

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Niccolo Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Politics

- The American Senate Majority leader just cast the deciding vote to not support the Women’s Fair Pay Act, knowing his district’s voters are over 55% women. But, his vote ensured his party would keep the majority until 2016. The Minority leader in the Senate walks over to him after the session and says, “Good play, and it was very Machiavellian of you”. Niccolo Machiavelli was a philosopher, statesman and the leading political theorist in the late 1400s early 1500s. He is often referred to as the “father of modern political theory” (Nederman, 2009)....   [tags: Historical Leader Synthesis Essay]

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Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli

- Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli Two of the greatest philosophers of all time are Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli. Hobbes was born in 1588 in England, when absolutism was taking hold in Europe. His most famous work was 'Leviathan', written in 1651. Hobbes discussed the ideal state and innate laws of man and nature, among other things. Machiavelli was born in Italy in 1469, a time when his home country was ruled mostly by foreign powers. His hometown, Florence, was still independent....   [tags: Compare Contrast Hobbes Machiavelli Essays]

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The Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccoló Machiavelli is perhaps the greatest political thinker in history. He was a historian, musician, a poet, and he wrote comedies. He liked poetry as much as he liked philosophy. Machiavelli wrote and collected poems. His works, which are inspired by his life experiences, have been read by many of the worlds greatest politicians. Niccoló Machiavelli’s writing was influenced by the Medici family, the Soderini government in Italy, and his own diplomatic career. His great work, The Prince, is legendary for its impact in politics and its controversial proposals....   [tags: biography]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was born May 3, 1469. He was an Italian writer, politician, and philosopher who’s considered very influential in modern political science. He was secretary of the Second Chancery in the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici, with help from Pope Julius II used Spanish troops to defeat the Florentines. After the Medici took power, they accused Machiavelli of conspiracy against them and soon after he was captured and tortured. The next month after his imprisonment, Pope Julius II died, and Machiavelli obtained amnesty and got sent into house arrest where he wrote many books including his masterpiece The Prince....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Evil]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli born in May 3th, 1469. He was an Italian writer, politician, and philosopher who’s consider very influential in modern political science. He was secretary of the Second Chancery in the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici, with help from Pope Julius II used Spanish troops to defeat the Florentines. After the Medici took power, they accused Machiavelli of conspiracy against them and soon after he was captured and torture. The next month after his imprisonment, Pope Julius II dies and Machiavelli obtained amnesty, and got send into house arrest where he wrote his masterpiece the Prince....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Evil]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political thinker and historical figure best remembered for his masterpiece, The Prince (written in 1513, but published posthumously in 1532). Machiavelli is considered one of the great early analyzers of political power. As a thinker Machiavelli belonged to an entire school of Florentine intellectuals concerned with an examination of political and historical problems. His important writings were composed after 1512 when he was accused of conspiracy in 1513....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, House of Medici]

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Lao Tzu And Niccolo Machiavelli

- ... Lao-Tzu puts emphasis on how peace should be valued, where if it’s “shattered”, he questions how individuals could be so pleased for such morbid outbreaks. Moreover, he indicates that despite the opposing side of the war may seem very cruel and cold-blooded, they are also people with morals and ambitions. Lao-Tzu also explains, in a previous verse, that there will be a counterforce for every action; he says, “Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon itself (Verse 30, pg. 26).” This grants more attention to Lao-Tzu’s opinions about war because it foreshadows how peace will be broken once war is provoked....   [tags: Leadership, Management, Fiedler contingency model]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- ... Each of these accounts was supported by real world examples plucked from ancient history and Machiavelli 's own time period. In order for one to know such a great deal regarding kingdoms, one must have been well involved in political enterprises and Machiavelli was indeed involved. Niccolò Machiavelli was a Florentine noble who worked as a political advisor and diplomat for the Florentine Republic in the 14th century. In the course of his time as an employee of the Florentine Republic, Machiavelli became acquainted with the violent and cutthroat political environment present in the time period, as well as the power hungry nature of the medieval leaders he often dealt with....   [tags: Novel, Literature, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fiction]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- The 16th century novella The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli discoursed on politics and set standardized methods of obtaining and maintaining power in varying situations. Despite Machiavelli using historical and dated examples to fortify his claims, the ideology behind his novella has held true for the past 500 years. The Prince on several occasions discusses the power struggle between the nobility and the common people; the situation in the United States differs from Machiavelli’s model in that wealthy groups and individuals compete for political influence at the expense of the voice of the nation’s citizens....   [tags: United States, Political philosophy]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and The Discourses

-      Niccolò Machiavelli thoroughly discusses the importance of religion in the formation and maintenance of political authority in his famous works, The Prince and The Discourses. In his writing on religion, he states that religion is beneficiary in the formation of political authority and political leaders must support and endorse religion in order to maintain power. However, Machiavelli also critiques corrupt religious institutions that become involved in politics and in turn, cause corruption in the citizenry and divisions among the state....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Religion Religious Essays]

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Commentary of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- In chapter 17 of The Prince, On Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than to be Feared or the Contrary, Machiavelli continues his discussion of virtues that the modern reader might not consider as virtues. He considers mercy and cruelty as with generosity and ungenerosity. Machiavelli’s dark view of human nature is displayed in this chapter – a warning about those who tell you they love you in good times but desert you in bad times. He talks about how a prince should rather be feared than loved, if he cannot manage to be both loved and feared, but never hated....   [tags: mercy and cruelty]

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Machiavelli's The Prince

- The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman and author and prominent figure of the Renaissance, was born on May 3rd, 1469. His father was Bernardo di Niccoli, who belonged to an impoverished part of an old Florentine family, and there is little recorded about his youth. It was in the independent city-state of Florence that he began an active career as a politician as a young man, becoming part of important diplomatic missions throughout Europe. He met with some of the most famous figures of his time and all history, such as Pope Alexander IV, and his son Cesare Borgia, as well as King Louis VII of France and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- Machiavelli’s The Prince has been widely interpreted as representative of political behavior that is violent and deceitful. As such, the term Machiavellian has to come to be associated with deviousness, ruthlessness, and power politics. The issue of whether or not Machiavelli can be considered a Machiavellian himself is difficult to resolve because of the complexity of the arguments he puts forth in both The Prince and Discourses. While the claims made in the former are more focused on the individual, namely the “prince,” those posited in the latter describe phenomena on a broader spectrum, having to do with human nature and society at large....   [tags: sociopolitical analysis]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

- More than 480 years ago, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince was published. It established a system of governance influential still today. His ideas were available before thinkers such as Rousseau and Locke. Men who believed that government derived its just powers from the consent of the governed. Machiavelli, unlike Rousseau and Locke, did not suggest government of the people, but government were power was centralized and secure in the hands of an elite few. His ideas, for example, led to the rise of France as a world power under the leadership of Louis XIV, arguable one of the most successful monarchs in European history....   [tags: governance, power, leaders]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

- In The Prince, Machiavelli explains several principles for a leader to follow and establishes that is better to feared than loved if one cannot balance both. A ruler that is well-loved is not always respected and can easily lose control of his people, especially when others have devious motives. By drilling fear and avoiding hatred from one’s subjects, a leader is able to stay in power and at the same time still have the respect of his people. As a leader there will always be adversities, and doing what is best for the state of affairs should always come first....   [tags: princiciples of leadership, Obama]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince examines the nature of power and his views of power are still somewhat in existence today. I'll discuss this in this essay, emphasizing the following theses. Machiavelli discusses power over the people, dictatorial power, and power with people, shared power. While it is possible for power with to attain greater prevalence in society, it will not completely eliminate power over. In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses two distinct groups of people, the political elite, including nobles and other princes, and the general public....   [tags: Machiaveli Prince Power Essays]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's Influence On The World

- In a course that covers the span of hundreds of years of history, it is difficult to pick one person that stands out as the most interesting because there are so many influential and revolutionary people that made their mark on their mark on the world. Within the time period we have covered, which is between the late middle ages and the age of Romanticism, people such as Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Rene Descartes, and many others came and went and left such an important legacy. The creativity and intelligence that existed during these ages were unimaginable, but if I had to pick one person as the most interesting it would be Niccolò Machiavelli in my opinion....   [tags: United States]

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Niccolo Machiavelli and Political Philosophy

- Niccolo Machiavelli and Political Philosophy Niccolo Machiavelli is revered as the founder of modern political philosophy. He was considered a "realist" because he concerned himself only with the political situations that actually arose in reality, where as previous philosophers were concerned largely with the theoretical politics of an "idealist" perfect society. In Machiavellis' The Prince, written to the ruler of Florence at the time, Lorenzo de' Medici, he analyzes the characteristics of numerous past rulers....   [tags: Papers]

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli was written in the year 1513 A.C.E. in Italy during a time in which his views were greatly detested by others. They were so hated that he was exiled from his own country for writing them. When hearing this, one must ask oneself, what kinds of views did Machiavelli have so that his own country would cast him out. His ideas, though written very complexly, were very simple. One must gain success and to do so, any means were justifiable....   [tags: Papers Leader Leadership]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince: A Guide to Being an Effective Ruler

- “The Prince”, by Niccolo Machiavelli, is a series of letters written to the current ruler of Italy, Lorenzo de’ Medici. These letters are a “how-to” guide on what to do and what not to do. He uses examples to further express his views on the subject. The main purpose was to inform the reader how to effectively rule and be an acceptable Prince. Any ruler who wishes to keep absolute control of his principality must use not only wisdom and skill, but cunning and cruelness through fear rather than love....   [tags: power, principality, republic]

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Cesare Borgia: An example in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- In The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli considers Cesare Borgia to be perfect example for princes or whomever, to follow if they wish to apprehend how to secure and strengthen their principalities. Cesare Borgia, for Machiavelli, is an ideal lesson of a prince who had great prowess, gained his principality through good fortune by his father Pope Alexander VI, showed continuous actions by his efforts to secure his state quickly, and then lost it to adverse fortune, which led to his fall and death. Machiavelli uses many events of Cesare Borgia’s to show how and why he was successful, and should me imitated as a model of prudence by ambitious princes....   [tags: Prince, Leader, Ambition]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

- The Bible teaches love, compassion and generosity. Niccolo Machiavelli found the Bible’s lessons idealistic and unrealistic for leaders. Machiavelli wrote his book, The Prince, to show the ruling Meddici family that the world is not a fairy tale. Prior to Machiavelli writing The Prince, the majority of books depicted people as virtuous and ethical. However, The Prince is not the only work of literature that manifests Machiavellian techniques. William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar utilizes similar methods....   [tags: Julius Caesar, The Prince]

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Philosophers: Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke and Karl Marx

- With great ideas, comes and follows great change. Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke and Karl Marx are renowned philosophers who paved way to the most prominent forms of government in the world. Through their literature they have created a huge wave of revolutionary ideas that exist in the several forms of government to this day. On one hand, Machiavelli advocates political absolutism. It is a form of government in which the governed accept the powers granted to a single ruler usually vested in a king or an emperor by divine manifestation....   [tags: power, absolutism, government]

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Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccolo Machiavelli - Biography Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence , Italy. He is known for being a political philosopher, historian, writer, statesman, and diplomat. Machiavelli is best known for his famous, influential work, "The Prince" (1513). This brought him a reputation of: amoral cynicism, being associated with corrupt government, diabolical (Showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil). Machiavellian and Machiavellianism are two concepts coined from Machiavelli's views as stated in The Prince....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Biography of and Principles Taught By Niccolo Machiavelli

- Machiavelli Essay: Question 1 Born in the 15th century, Niccolò Machiavelli was an Italian historian, politician, philosopher, diplomat and humanist. Following his career as an official in the Florentine Republic, Machiavelli was a founder of modern political science and political ethics. In the political treatise The Prince, written in 1532, Machiavelli outlines several key traits of a successful princedom such as; how to incorporate newly acquired provinces, the most successful way to conquer territories, the establishment of successful defense and military forces, as well as qualities which would make for the most desirable prince....   [tags: The Prince, Discourses on Livy]

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Reaction to Machiavelli's The Prince

- Machiavelli illustrates several key points in what it takes to be a "successful" Prince. In chapters 5-10, Machiavelli is giving us a true image of the coldhearted reputation he has carried throughout the years. He explains his ideas on taking over a "free" state or republic and how to conquer and rule with the peoples loyalty and respect. Machiavelli argues in chapter 5 that the key to taking over a free state is initially to destroy it. By destroying the city, Machiavelli believes that the citizens will have no choice but to follow the direction of the new prince....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

- Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy on May 3rd 1469. As an Italian historian, statesman, political philosopher, and a diplomat during the renaissance, Machiavelli was a man who lived his life for politics and patriotism. As a patriotic Florentine, he was a firm believer in that Florence was the most important state, and should have a strong government, as Italy was divided into states where much political upheaval was occurring, particularly between the four dominant states; Florence, Milan, Naples and Venice....   [tags: Papers]

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Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli

- Biography of Niccolo Machiavelli Machiavelli was born in 1469, into an Italy, which was probably less feudal than any other European country at that time. Europe at this time was in a state of political upheaval. The Church's power was in decline, losing its power as unifying government, Spain and France were pushing their way in Italy, and Italy itself was a melange of bickering city-states. This climate of political uncertainty greatly affected Machiavelli's political theories....   [tags: Papers]

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The Ideology Behind Forward By Niccolo Machiavelli

- The ideology put forward by Niccolò Machiavelli is best understood given the context of the era he was brought into. His writings reflect the views of an individual nearing the end of the Renaissance period, following the era of St. Augustine’s medieval Christian thought. Christianity’s hold on Rome prior to the mid-13th century was coupled with the necessity of pushing beyond the desires of the body and reaching for the higher goal of Goodness. Christianity’s notion of virtue was aimed at the attainment of happiness in the next life, not glory in this one....   [tags: Political philosophy, Politics, Morality]

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Machiavelli The Prince Review

- The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli isn't about one man's ways to feed his power hungry mindset through gluttony, nor is it just explaining altercations between a nation's states. This writing is regarding to how one's self-confidence can make them become powerful in a society and also, the way morals and politics differ and can be separate in a government. Originally, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to gain support from Lorenzo de' Medici, who during the era, was governor of Florence. As meant as writing for how a society should be run, this book has been read by many peoples around the world who want to have better knowledge of the perfect stability of beliefs and politics required to run a goo...   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's An National Interest

- ... International relations can be divided upon two main theories, the first being the positivist theory which aims to replicate the methods of the natural sciences by analyzing the impact of material forces. Typically focusing on features of international relations such as state interactions, size of military forces, and the balance of powers. Secondly is the post-positivist theory, whose epistemology rejects the idea that the social world can be studied in an objective and value-free way. It rejects the central ideas of neo-realism/liberalism, such as rational choice theory, on the grounds that the scientific method cannot be applied to the social world and that a science of international...   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Political philosophy]

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Morals and Ethics in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses morality and ethics concerning secular powers, specifically principalities and secular government. On the other hand, Erasmus discusses the role of morality and personal ethics with regards to religious institutions, specifically the church. While both address different institutions, both express similar viewpoints on many issues. Both agree that personal ethics and morals run thin in the institutions. However, while Machiavelli attempts to completely decouple the actions of good rulers from personal ethics, Erasmus argues that the church has lost track of its original principles down the line....   [tags: human natures, cruelty, christianity]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's and Martin Luther's Influence

- Machiavelli and Martin Luther were both hugely influential and controversial authors who wrote in times of turmoil. Although they had different focuses, Machiavelli's being political and Luther's being religious, they came to many similar conclusions, this may be in part to their reactions to a similar time period. Both authors saw the importance of looking into the past and using history as a tool to learn from. Luther believed more in returning to the past while Machiavelli saw it as a way to use what worked while learning from past mistakes....   [tags: Catholic Church, Free Will]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccolo Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher from Florence Italy. He lived during the Italian Renaissance from May 1469 to 1527. This period in time that Machiavelli lived was the "rebirth" of art in Italy and rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature and science. During this time in the Renaissance, Italy was also involved in intense political conflict with dominant city-states of Florence, Milan, Venice, Naples, the Papacy, France, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire....   [tags: History Philosophy Philosopher]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccolo Machiavelli Around 1513 Niccolo Machiavelli while writing "The Prince" would not be considered a theologian. When thinking of Machiavelli many people confuse him together with the names of rulers who have abused his writings. It also seems other people confuse Machiavelli with the rapper who took his name. Either way people confuse Machiavelli it seems they fail to look at his true message, bettering the state and the greater good. Machiavelli may seem evil to some but his political theory properly applied is optimal for founding a state, establishing and then maintaining order....   [tags: Politics]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccolo Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on 3 May 1469 during a time of great political activity in Italy. His first role in political affairs came at the young age of twenty-nine when the ruling regime of Savonrola fell from power in his native city. Though he had no previous administrative background, Machiavelli was appointed to serve as second chancellor of the Florentine Republic under the new government. His nomination to this powerful diplomatic post was in large part due to the powerful influence of the Italian humanists who stressed the need for an education in the "humane disciplines" of Latin, rhetoric, classical studies, anci...   [tags: Papers]

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Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince

- Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince           The Prince is a celebrated and highly controversial piece of work by the Italian aristocrat Niccolo Machiavelli. His work is a summation of all the qualities a prince must have in order to remain in his position. Machiavelli supports the idea that a prince use his power for the ultimate benefit of all, but he also does not condemn the use of any unpleasant means in order for the prince to maintain his power. His ideas both compare and contrast to the methods used by Prince Hamlet of Denmark in Shakespeare's Hamlet....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Shakespeare]

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Changing Interpretations of The Prince and Niccolo Machiavelli

- Changing Interpretations of The Prince and Niccolo Machiavelli After five hundred years, Niccolo Machiavelli the man has ceased to exist. In his place is merely an entity, one that is human, but also something that is far above one. The debate over his political ideologies and theories has elevated him to a mythical status summed up in one word: Machiavelli. His family name has evolved into an adjective in the English language in its various forms. Writers and pundit’s bandy about this new adjective in such ways as, “He is a Machiavelli,” “They are Machiavelli’s,” “This is suitable for a Machiavelli.” These phrases are almost always the words of a person that understands more about Niccol...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Niccolo Machiavelli - The the Man Behind The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli - The the Man Behind The Prince To describe human history as volatile would be akin to saying that the sun is warm. The quest for power and how to keep it is what has defined human civilization; altruism, as it applies to empire, just does not exist. No one has quite realized this better than Niccolo Machiavelli. Citing much of Roman political culture, which he believed was the most superior form of government that had existed, and infusing his "knowledge of the deeds of great men, which [he had] acquired through a long experience of modern events and a constant study of the past", Machiavelli collected the footnotes of history and applied his observations to events in...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's View On Virtue Versus Wealth

- A philosopher puts a microscope to the nature of the world. Niccolò Machiavelli was a philosopher and the essence of his posthumous discourse The Prince revolves around the nature of princes and their education. This is why the core of his teaching is that a prince should ruthlessly acquire and maintain power by using fear, his own arms, and a strategic combination of vice and virtue instead of fortune. Cesare Borgia, an armed non-prophet, used fear and his own armed forces to successfully maintain his empire....   [tags: Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, The Prince]

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Elite Philosophers: John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

- In the early nineteenth century after the recession had nearly wiped out peoples hope in Europe, there emerged four elite philosophers who gave people something to believe in: John Locke, Niccolo Machiavelli, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. New perspectives on people and politics soon started to surface and arguments arose about what ideologies others had. It could be said that Locke saw Machiavelli to represent the interests of the monarch without any consent of the people because of how in Prince, he explained how a growing leader should rule through intimidation as that is the only way to maintain control compared to Locke who believed people are independent to make their own decisions....   [tags: capitalism, ideology, monarch]

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Three Points that Niccolo Machiavelli Illustrates in The Prince

- Three Points that Niccolo Machiavelli Illustrates in The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli is a very pragmatic political theorist. His political theories are directly related to the current bad state of affairs in Italy that is in dire need of a new ruler to help bring order to the country. Some of his philosophies may sound extreme and many people may call him evil, but the truth is that Niccolo Machiavelli’s writings are only aimed at fixing the current corruptions and cruelties that filled the Italian community, and has written what he believed to be the most practical and efficient way to deal with it....   [tags: Papers]

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Insights to Shakespeare's Hamlet from Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

- Insights to Shakespeare's Hamlet from Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince A prince is a title of the highest rank of the nobility. The word prince comes from the Latin word princeps, meaning first. The title prince can be used in many ways. In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince in which he wrote his ideas on how a strong ruler might gain and keep power. Many people have offered their views on how a prince or ruler should behave and govern. However many people today consider Machiavelli the father of modern political science....   [tags: Papers]

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The Prince As A Modern Polititcal Treatise

- The Prince As A Modern Political Treatise Written almost 500 years ago by the so called first political scientist in the world, Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince” brings forward a new definition to virtue. A definition which argues against the concept brought forward by the Catholic Church. Machiavelli did not impose any thoughts of his own rather he only wrote from his experience and whatever philosophy that lead to actions which essentially produced effective outcomes in the political scene of Italy and in other countries....   [tags: Political Scientist, Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Niccolo Machiavelli

- His life spanned the greatest period of cultural achievement in Florence to its ultimate downfall. This period was marked by political instability, fear, invasion, intrigue, and high cultural achievement as the tiny states of Italy, including the Papal States, were pulled into the politics and wars of Europe by the immense gravity of two large states, Spain and France. His life began at the very start of this process: in 1469, when Ferdinand and Isabella married and through this marriage created a new, large kingdom of Spain composed of Castile and Aragon, Machiavelli was born to a wealthy Florentine lawyer....   [tags: Biography]

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Analyzing Shakespeare´s Account of Human Nature in King Lear in Comparison With Other Authors

- Human nature is a concept that has interested scholars throughout history. Many have debated over what human nature is – that is, the distinguishing characteristics that are unique to humans by nature – while others have mulled over the fact that the answer to the question “what is human nature?” may be unattainable or simply not worth pursuing. Shakespeare explores the issue of human nature in his tragedy King Lear. In his play, he attempts to portray that human nature is either entirely good or entirely evil....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Nicomachean Ethics]

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The Prince Analysis

- Historical Background Having spent his childhood most peacefully, Niccolo Machiavelli, the great Italian philosopher witnessed Italy’s state of decadence and intense political conflict in his adulthood. The then Italy was not a unified country rather, it was an accumulation of city-states, each with its own court and ruler, each of them attempting to addition control over the others. Italy was not only a place of domestic intrigue but also a battleground for the force-ravenous French, the Spanish, the Germans and the Catholic Church under the power of the popes....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Medici, politics, Italy]

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Political Ideas of Niccolo Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini, and Thomas Hobbes

- Political Ideas of Niccolo Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini, and Thomas Hobbes The sections that I will be presenting are 73, 74, and 75. I will discuss the political ideas of Niccolo Machiavelli, Francesco Guicciardini, and Thomas Hobbes during the time of Florence Republic. First, Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy in 1469 at a time when the country was in political upheaval. Italy was divided between four dominant city-states, by which each of them was always at the mercy of the continual changing of princes and governments....   [tags: Politics Philosophy Sociology]

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The prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince” attempts to explain the necessary tactics and required knowledge a ruler must attain in order to gain and maintain a successful reign. The novel serves as an abstract manual, addressing the definition of a good/bad ruler by placing emphasis on the required military organization, the character a ruler must posses, and the success that could be attained if a ruler should follow the guide. The scope in which the book is written is that of a scholarly observant. Machiavelli places his findings and observations of history, as well as the needs of the people so the information may serve the prince as a tool, that once implemented will create and maintain a power...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Has Globalization Made Niccolo Machiavelli's Observations Obsolete?

- Practically nothing is known of Nicolo Machiavelli before he became a minor official in the Florentine Government. His youth, however, was passed during some of the most tumultuous years in the history of Florence. He was born the year that Lorenzo the Magnificent came to power, subverting the traditional civil liberties of Florence while inaugurating a reign of unrivaled luxury and of great brilliance for the arts. He was twenty-five at the time of Savonarola’s attempt to establish a theocratic democracy, although, from the available evidence, he took no part in it....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]

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Realism and The Prince

- The Prince has been described as a handbook for princes (rulers), in the tradition of such books written in the Late Middle Ages. These books were sometimes called 'Mirrors of Virtues', in that they list and explain the good qualities a ruler is supposed to have in order to rule as an effective king and to defend Christianity. The whole book centers around what principalities are, what are the different types of them, how to acquire and maintain them and why they are lost. The first three chapters set the scope of the whole book and provide a preview of the main concerns in the book....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, influential political works]

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Comparsion of Realism and Idealism in Niccolo Machiavelli´s The Prince and Socrates´ Plato´s Republic

- ... Finally, these chosen individuals, who know the difference between what really is and what only seems to be, are best appropriately to rule because they are guaranteed to make appropriate decisions concerning the well-being of the republic. Plato assures that when a person is ruled by reason and has an even balance with the emotional and appetitive parts of the soul, he will achieve a condition of moral goodness. When the moral goodness exists in the person, there also exists courage, wisdom, temperance, and justice: the four cardinal virtues Socrates mentions....   [tags: ruling, success, fortuna, free-will, morals]

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Machiavelli: The Power of Fear

- Niccolo Machiavelli stressed that “one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved…for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.” He felt that a true leader must be cunning and deceptive, winning the hearts of his people through power and influence. If he could not be liked, he could at least get by knowing he has intimidated these below him into submission....   [tags: Essays on Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli his life and times

- What is white, Italian, starts with a ‘M’, and is hated all over. No, it’s not mozzarella cheese it is Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a Florentine chancellor and a well known philosopher. He is notoriously known for being amoral and his entire collection of works was on the Papal Index (Machiavelli’s The Prince). Though he lived during the 1400’s his works are still being read, analyzed, scrutinized, and, in the case of modern politicians, used as a blueprint in how to run a nation. Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 to Bernardo di Niccolo and Bartolomea Nelli (Machiavelli Pg....   [tags: Philosophy, Machiavelli, The Prince]

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Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince

- Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian statesman and political philosopher. He was employed on diplomatic missions as defence secretary of the Florentine republic, and was tortured when the Medici returned to power in 1512. When he retired from public life he wrote his most famous work, The Prince (1532), which describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The Prince has had a long and chequered history and the number of controversies that it has generated is indeed surprising....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]

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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature

- Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher from Florence Italy. He lived during the Italian Renaissance from May 1469 to 1527. This period in time that Machiavelli lived was the "rebirth" of art in Italy and rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature and science. Machiavelli’s philosophy about the nature of man is that man possesses both good and bad qualities, but will lean towards his own self-interests when all things are equal: thus man is a fickle creature. Machiavelli’s view of human nature influences his view of government....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]

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The Powerful Truth of Machiavelli's The Prince

- The Powerful Truth of The Prince    Before 1513 conventional thought defined a ruler as a man who used generosity, truth and justice to govern his kingdom. Machiavelli saw the conventional thought of the time as a fantasy and only applicable in a utopian society. His work The Prince shatters all previous political thought by stating that a ruler must not only use the traditionally accepted means of maintaining power but also be able to use brute force, deceit and even cruelty as the situation requires....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Comparing Machiavelli and Hobbes

- Machiavelli and Hobbes To be successful, one must have the appearance of virtuousness, but not necessarily be virtuous. At least, this appears to be true according to Niccolo Machiavelli's works. Machiavelli's idea of the virtuous republican citizen may be compared to Hobbes' idea of a person who properly understands the nature and basis of sovereign political power. Hobbes' ideas seem to suggest that most anyone can claim rightful authority as there is a belief in God, and one can under Hobbes, claim legitimate authority rather easily....   [tags: Machiavelli vs Hobbes]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Modern Executive

- The Prince and the Modern Executive     Few question The Prince’s place in the canon of western literature. That it marks a turning point in our collective history, the origin of the study of politics as a science (Pollock 43), is alone enough to warrant its classification as a "Great Book. Its author, Niccolo Machiavelli, a contemporary of Copernicus, is generally accepted as an early contributor to the scientific revolution, because he looked at power and the nature of sovereignty through the eyes of a scientist, focused completely on the goal without regard for religion and morals and ethics....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli lived in Florence, Italy in the 1400’s. The country of Italy was divided into city-states that had their own leaders, but all pledged alliance to their king. In time in which great leaders were needed in order to help the development of a city-state and country, Machiavelli had a theory that man needed a leader to control them. In his book The Prince, he speaks of the perfect leader. I believe that man, by nature, is neither good nor evil. When a child comes out of its mother, one cannot tell whether or not that child will be a serial killer or win the Nobel Peace prize....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook

- The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook     "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."      (Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 111.1.31) Kingship and leadership is a human concept.  Contraptions and  fiction invented by human beings that hold the fabric of  society together.  It is the job of the leader to make the fiction work for the good of all.  The quote above evokes the overall feeling about kingship held by both Prince Hal and his father in Shakespeare's Henry plays.  Being a leader is perhaps the most difficult position one can ever attain.  And in the same vein that King Henry IV says this above line, so does his son King Henry V offer this lament:    The slave, a member of th...   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Relevance of Machiavelli’s The Princeto Today's World

- The Relevance of The Prince to Today's World The only way it was possible to get ahead was to be part of the inner circle.  It didn't really matter what the issue was or what sort of implications it carried.  All that mattered was knowing the right person, having the right information, making the right introductions, and going to the right parties.  The most valuable information was not necessarily something you knew about an enemy but something you knew about a friend.  Staff and "advisors" were, in many ways, far more powerful than the aristocrat holding office....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Book Review: The Prince

- ... However, criminal acts or extreme cruelty can also end up in the acquisition of a new principality. In some cases, new principalities are civic principalities, which are given by the will of the people. Ecclesiastical principalities, however, belong to the Catholic Church. They are known as the Papal States. Machiavelli goes on to explain how rulers from each principality can make the best of it and obtain their power. The next few chapters talk about four different types of armies: mercenaries, auxiliaries, native troops, and mixed troops....   [tags: Niccolo Macchiavelli]

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Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More

- Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents human nature....   [tags: Papers More Machiavelli Prince Utopia Essays]

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Comparing Machiavelli And Immanuel Kant

- ... Which turns to this point, if someone goes down a path, he must not put in too much effort that will tip the scale. Machiavelli then states that even though one wants to have both, he cannot, but instead be feared should it come down to being loved or not. For by being feared he can ensure that he can keep his people safe and be respected throughout the world. He then concludes the reading that the prince should worry about things that he can control rather than what he cannot control (Trials of Modernity, 11)....   [tags: Age of Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau]

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Machiavelli VS Robert Greene

- What would you do if you discovered a secret that can make your life better. Not just any ordinary secret, but a special one that would tell you how to gain power/ control over others and maintain it. Would you share it with others. Well that’s what writers have been sharing for centuries; yet many of us are still unaware. The very concept of Power is extremely important especially since we the people can give it to others but never ourselves. Well two contemporary authors in regards with the subject of power are Niccolo Machiavelli, and Robert Greene....   [tags: 48 Laws of Power]

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Machiavelli: The Realistic Philosopher

- Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat in the early 16th century. While in exile, Machiavelli spent most of his time educating himself in Roman history and writing political treatise. In this time, he wrote a letter to Lorenzo de Medici in hopes of perishing his exile and gaining approval from the Medici family. This message was interpreted as a guide to becoming a successful ruler. Machiavelli’s The Prince discusses the way of life a prince should live in order to maintain power. He believed that giving the Medici family an idea of how to gain and keep complete authority would be very useful in affecting the politics in Italy of the age....   [tags: italian diplomat, strong ruler]

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machiavelli and the prince

- Social Life in Medieval and Early Modern Italy Nicolo Macchiavelli and The Prince At the end of the 14th century, Italy was still politically organized by city-states. Emerging as one of the most influential writers of the Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli was a political analyst, whose aim was to free italy from foreign rule, as well as to unite and strengthen the Italian city states. Machiavelli believed Italy could not be united unless its leader was ruthless....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Applying Machiavelli's The Prince to Real Life

- Many people have attempted to explain their beliefs on gaining power and holding on to it as a leader or ruler. Although many people have attempted this, not many have explained it in such a way as Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli’s reputation is often said to be based on one of his writings called The Prince. This handbook was written to explain how to obtain and keep political power (Norton Anthology, 182). Machiavelli’s point from this writing was to make the rule effective even if those means included the ruler being deceptive and violent (Norton Anthology, 182)....   [tags: Fidel Castro, Cuban revolution]

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Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Political Science

- During the time 1469, a child by the name of Niccolo Di Bernardo Del Machiavelli was born .Some may know him as an Italian philosopher, humanist, or a evil minded fellow associated with the corruptness of totalitarian government. In Machiavelli’s home state Florence, he introduces the modern political theory. Hoping to gain influence with the ruling Medici family Niccolo wrote a pamphlet call The Prince (Prezzolini). Niccolo lived a nondescript childhood and his main political experience in his youth was watching Savonarola from afar....   [tags: Political Science]

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