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WAYS IN TO THE TEXT
Who Was Niccol Machiavelli?
What Does The Prince Say?
Why Does The Prince Matter?
SECTION 1: INFLUENCES
Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context
Module 2: Academic Context
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