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Politics, State Power, and Conflict in Renaissance Italy The Weakness and Instability of Italian Politics No Unity Among City States Instability challenges Hierarchical Theories of Power Machiavelli’s Response to the Italian Context Italian Political History: Republics and Civic Humanism (1300-1430) Despotism and Mercenaries (1430-1494) Foreign Invasions (1494-1530) Renaissance Italians identified with Ancient Rome The Concern With Political Power Instability Challenges Hierarchical Theories of Power Machiavelli’s Response to the Italian Context Constant political problem What is the nature of power? And how do you hold when you gain it? Phases of Italian Political History 1. Republics and the Idea of Civic Humanism (1300-1430?) Independent Cities, Emphasis on Law, Civic Participation Leonardo Bruni (1369-1444), The Value of Public Life Achievements as a human being only exist when being active in civic life Civic humanism—civic action is key to the human life Cannot be a full human being if you do not get involved with politics—civic
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Hunziker during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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