HIST Lecture #19 11-1

HIST Lecture #19 11-1 - Politics and Conflict, in...

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Politics and Conflict, in Renaissance Italy Lorenzo de’ Medici, 1449-1519 Niccolò Machiavelli (1468-1527)
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 Why did Italian City-States move from republicanism to despotism?  How is Machiavelli’s thinking a product of his own political and cultural context? In some way his book was taking a shot at humans, but he is part of the humanist tradition. The basis of his arguments are fond in the human world. Key Terms 1) Populo Grosso, Populo Minuto 2) The Medici 3) Peace of Lodi 4) Niccòlo Machiavelli Politics are amoral (beyond morality) rather than immoral (against morality). “Ruff and tumble world” of Italian government stimulates academics like Machiavelli to think in the way that they did. In doing so, Machiavelli helped establish the “major” of political science. how politics operate. Politics: the process by which power is distributed or accumulated. Also how power is negotiated among groups. Usually politics is defined by unequal relationships. Government: can exercise violence. Governmental power: when a state possesses a monopoly on violence. Sine qua non: “without which nothing else exists.” Politics is a negotiation of power What is power? The ability to shape a desired outcome- to make someone do what you want.
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