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SCS1160 Introduction to the History of Social Sciences Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Notes he was associated with deviousness, cruelty, and willfully destructive rationality no thinker was ever so demonized or misunderstood than Machiavelli the source of this misunderstanding = The Prince , a remarkably short book that attempts to lay out methods to secure & maintain political power his life spanned the greatest period of cultural achievement in Florence to its ultimate downfall this period – political instability, fear, invasion, intrigue, and high cultural achievement
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Unformatted text preview: – the tiny states of Italy were pulled into the politics and wars of Europe by Spain & France Life Background – the son of a wealthy Florentine lawyer – in his lifetime, he saw Florentine culture & political power under Lorenzo de'Medici – Piero de'Medici (Lorenzo's son) was thrown from power from a Dominican Monk, he too, was also thrown from power and a second Republic was reformed under Soderini – Machiavelli became the secretary of the second Republic – The Medici's regained their position in 1512 –...
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