Niccolo Machiavelli

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Niccolo Machiavelli

-Born May of 1496 -Machiavelli is a man that is often quoted, but rarely understood. -King Frederick ll of Prussia wrote that he was one of the most dangerous thinkers in the hitsory of political thought. -His book, although seemingly written as a guide to political leaders, was meant to protect his people from "the few".


Good rulers sometimes have to learn "not to be good." They have to be willing to set aside ethical concerns of justice, honesty, and kindness in order to maintain the stability of the state.

In 1498, he wrote The Prince, perhaps one of the most important books in history."It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." -MachiavelliHe possessed great diplomacy and a sophisticated understanding of European politics.

Lasting Impact

His work influenced the political thought of his time and has survived all of history leading up to the modern day.


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