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Unformatted text preview: Machiavelli and Guicciardini 18/11/2009 23:41:00 Machiavelli: works need to be looked at chronologically The third French invasionFrancis I 1515 Recovery of Milan Alliance with Florence: designed to offset the power of Venice Recovery of mainland territory for Venice: boundary established with French, Venice is the longest lived Italian republic Machiavelli (1469-1527) Very must mistrusted by the Medici 1513: plot against the Medici o Accused of conspiracy o Tortured by Medici regime o Off of charge and tries to gain patronage from Medici (convince them of his work as a political observer) Considered a superb stylist All of his works in the Italian vernacular Most remembered for his political works that are considered a political Triptych o The prince 1513 o The Discourses 1516-19 o The Art of War 1519 Wrote the History of Florence Fundamental assumption o The real, rather than the idealmen are evil and egotistical (NOT HUMANIST! Men are NOT by nature capable of good)therefore constant conflict o War is a continuum of political activityceaseless conflict between egotistical men, families and stateswar (not peace) the natural condition of men o Constancy of Human Natureactions can be calculated and predicted (you can structure mens actions) o Fortuna (feminine, unpredictable events, need flexibility to deal with that)...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course HIS 333 taught by Professor Mazzaoui during the Fall '09 term at Wisconsin.
- Fall '09
- The Prince