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Niccolo Machiavelli

(1469-1527)

Italian Author
One of the founders of RealPolitik

Born in Florence at times where Italy was under political turbulence, the young Machiaveli became an important diplomat of the Florentine government in 1494.


His career ended abruptedly after the Medici regained power over the city in 1512, sweeping off the corrupted and totalitarian rulers. Machiavelli was then tortured and removed from public life.


In the meantime, he had met many important rulers, and especially Cesare Borgia, a prince of the Papal States.

Borgia, a despotic and cunning man, is precisely the source of inspiration of Machiavelli in The Prince.

Although Machiavelli did not truly like the ways of Borgia, he thought that Borgia was one of the few rulers who could undertake the unification of Italy under the flag of Florence.


The Prince was written by Machiavelli to gain influence at the Court of the ruling Medici.


Unfortunately, the public was outraged when the book was published, and a new adjective, "Machiavelian", synonym of "evil", came progressively into the common languages.

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Italian Authors:  Boccaccio Dante Machiavelli

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Inspired by Lucrece Borgia...
"Machiavelian" a synonym of "evil" ?




Contemporaries:

Even if the truth about Machiavelli's political wit has to be searched in his Discourses On Livy, it is a fact that The Prince is one of the sources of "Realpolitik". Machiavelli's intention, when writing The Prince, was probably to make us understand the mechanisms and consequences of that kind of politics.

Real Politik, see also:

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