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Machiavelli

 

Niccolo Machiavelli, an exerpt from The Great Ploitical Theories Volume 1 Avon books, 1961 and 1981.

This is a short and concise series of extracts from Machiavelliís two principal works. The Prince and Discourses on Livy. I strongly suggest reading these two works in their entirety.

In the Prince Niccolo Writes to the new Medici Prince of Florence. The Mediciís had just unseated Machiavelliís benefactor the Borgaís. As such Niccolo still wanted the Mediciís to unite Italy against the French interlopers.

In the Discourses, Niccolo writes about his notions of right government. His perspective is skewed due to his frame of reference, as is ours, but his knowledge of human nature and motivations are illustrative.

As an aside, the serious student of political history and theory would be well served by reading these two books, The Great Political Theories Volumes 1 and 2.

 

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