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The Renaissance State: The New Monarchies of England, France and Spain
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Questions on the Renaissance  State • 1. How did Machiavelli’s The Prince  reflect  new trends in political power? • 2. What obstacles to state power existed in  the 15th and 16th centuries? • 3. How did the monarchs of England,  France and Spain succeed in increasing  royal authority and what methods did they  use to do so?
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1454-1494 rough equality among Italian city-state 1494-1559, The Italian Wars, French invasion on behalf of Milan; intervention of Spain, eventually most of Western European powers involved and Ottoman empire
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I. Theories of Power - Machiavelli’s  The Prince   (1513) Written during exile and  defeat Intended as guide to rulers  to avoid similar situation Ends justify the means,  removal of Christian  ethics from governance
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II.  Obstacles to State Formation • - difficulty of travel, communication
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