Niccolo Machiavelli Essay

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Niccolo Machiavelli



Machiavelli wrote this book, The Prince,which is about becomming a political
leader from examples of his own life. Niccolo Machiavelli lived from 1469 to 1527, saw
what we now consider the height of the Italian Renaissance- a period that produced some
of Italy's greatest achievements in the arts and sciences, but that also produced horrible
scandals and the establishment of foreign domination over the peninsula. Brought up
while members of the powerful Medici family were masters of Florence, he studied the
classics and learned to read and write in Latin. He also showed a keen interest in, and the
ability to learn from, the world around him. He was a diplomat, a student of history, and
a writer of comedy, and his sharp and unique insights changed the face of political
science forever.

Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3, 1469. We first hear of him playing
an active role in the affairs of his native city in 1498, when the government dominated by
Girolamo Savonarola, the Dominican friar whose puritanical views had influenced
Florence for the preceding four years, fell from power. Therefore, the post was left
unoccupied, but after a short delay the little known name of Niccolo Machiavelli was
put forward as a possible replacement. He was only twenty-nine years old at the time and
apparently had no previous administrative experience. His nomination was confirmed,
however, and he was appointed second chancellor of the Florentine Republic. It was an
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