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Unformatted text preview: -no unified “Italy”-series of independent “city-states”-many are republics-Virtu-The essence of “manliness”-to be a public-spirited citizen in a Republic-inverse of Virtu: “Corruption”-not monetary, not religious, but self-centeredness-power of the people-no monarch-also in Switzerland and Germany-2 greatest republics: Florence and Venice-“Italy” is at war on several fronts-under siege by foreign invaders in the north and south-city-states are at war with each other as well-Borgias, Florence vs. Pisa-few citizens of Italy pay attention to civic obligations-instead of fighting, they hire mercenaries-seen as the symbol of corruption by Machiavelli II. Machiavelli’s Realism-writing about how things are, not how they ought to be-governors seek power for its own sake-politics is not about wisdom and love, or virtue and goodness-everything boils down to power-Machiavelli writes about how one can acquire power-tips for Princes...
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- Spring '06
- The Prince