Niccolo Machiavelli Paper

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Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy. He eventually became a
man who lived his life for politics and patriotism. Right now, however, he is associated
with corrupt, totalitarian government. The reason for this is a small pamphlet he wrote
called The Prince to gain influence with the ruling Medici family in Florence. The
political genius of Niccolo Machiavelli was overshadowed by the reputation that was
unfairly given to him because of a misunderstanding of his views on politics.

Machiavelli's life was very interesting. He lived a nondescript childhood in Florence, and
his main political experience in his youth was watching Savanarola from afar. Soon after
Savanarola was executed, Machiavelli entered the Florentine government as a secretary. His
position quickly rose, however, and was soon engaging in diplomatic missions. He met many
of the important politicians of the day, such as the Pope and the King of France, but none
had more impact on him than a prince of the Papal States, Cesare Borgia. Borgia was a
cunning, cruel man, very much like the one portrayed in The Prince. Machiavelli did not
truly like Borgia's policies, but he thought that with a ruler like Borgia the Florentines
could unite Italy, which was Machiavelli's goal throughout his life. Unfortunately for
Machiavelli, he was dismissed from office when the Medici came to rule Florence and the
Republic was overthrown. The lack of a job forced him to switch to writing about politics
instead of being active. His diplomatic missions were his last official government
positions.

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