Machiavelli-The Prince-Notes

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Machiavelli’s The Prince - Notes The Prince was the product of Machiavelli’s exile from Florence and public service. 1494-1512 – He had been a busy diplomat in the service of the Republic. The return of the Medici in 1512 meant exile from his native city, and as time showed, an end to his public employment. First eleven chapters describe the various kinds of principalities as Machiavelli distinguishes them – civil, religious, hereditary, those acquired by arms or ability or good fortune, and those acquired by wickedness. Holds very dear to him, above all things - The knowledge of the actions of great men, acquired
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Unformatted text preview: by long experience in contemporary affairs, and a continual study of antiquity Those who arrive at a position of power by good fortune attain it easily, but have trouble keeping it. • Such stand simply upon the goodwill and the fortune of him who has elevated them-two most inconstant and unstable things. Neither have they the knowledge requisite for the position. • These people can not hold it because they have not forces which they can keep friendly and faithful...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course HIST-MASH AP Europea taught by Professor Achenbach during the Fall '06 term at Allegheny.

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