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Unformatted text preview: Ryan Lee HIST 151 Bullard/Vierra November 8, 2007 Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince as a guide for ruling principalities, and he dedicated it to Lorenzo de’Medici, or Lorenzo the Magnificent, the ruler of Florence accredited with its Golden Age. It was written in the beginning of the 16 th Century during the Renaissance period in Italy. The Renaissance was a period of change in social character, urbanization and reexamination of old values that changed the principles of thought for people of its time. It was also, however, a period of political instability in which several urban governments and regional states battled for control of Italy. Italy was divided amongst several city-states, or autocratically ruled states called principalities. The Prince discusses methods of obtaining as well as maintaining power over these types of states. It also serves as a guide for anyone who should desire to rule one of the many autocratic states of Renaissance Italy in terms of political power, conquest and war, and...
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Hunziker during the Spring '07 term at UNC.
- Spring '07
- The Prince, Machiavelli