Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Machiavelli

  • based in Florence most all of his life
  • considered the beginner of political science
  • most known for his novel The Prince
  • written in 1513 but published after his death
  • the novel became extremely influential among renaissance politicians after his death
  • born into a wealthy family
  • one of the leading families in Florence
    • father a lawyer
  • At this time Florence is being fought over by the royal families
  • also outside pressures from France, from Spain, from Holy Roman Empire, etc.
  • Machiavelli was brought up well educated as a nobleman
  • and in his lifetime her wrote the book The Art of War
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