Machiavelli Writes The Prince (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Machiavelli writes The Prince, and presents a radical political theory, developing a new perspective of statesmanship that relies upon its own set of rules.
Summary of Event
In 1512, the Medici family was returned to power in Florence after an exile of several years, during which the old republican form of government had been restored in the city. The Medici purged those who had been disloyal, and among those who went into exile was a forty-three-year-old diplomat, Niccolò Machiavelli, who had occupied a subordinate government post under the Republic.
Machiavelli withdrew to his villa outside the city, and began a major political work, the Discourses. In the summer of 1513, however, he turned his attention abruptly to a shorter and somewhat different kind of work, which he probably completed before the end of the year. This shorter work laid down the requisite principles and ethics necessary for the unification of Italy by force. To do so would require a strong man, which Machiavelli presumably hoped the Medici family would provide.
His new work, The...
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