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The fourteenth century was an exciting time in Italy Liberation from old traditions brought about a new interest in the arts and literature The churchs doctrine was no longer the sole basis of scholarly work New ideas and concepts started to emerge which were unlike anything heard since the fall of Rome Amongst the great thinkers of this time was a man by the name of Niccolo Machiavelli C4 and Wood p510 His most famous work was entitled The Prince The book is a compilation of historical examples past and present present being the sixteenth century that were intended to guide a prince on the correct way to control his state It advocated the use of any means necessary to survive in the political world even if they were not particularly pleasant Strathern p6 Despite its age I believe that Machiavellis writing about individualism in The Prince is relevant to people who are not princes because Machiavellis main themes are applicable to people of all types To prove this I have organized my paper into four main sections Section one- Machiavellis History will move toward the thesis by showing that Machiavellis life experience was not that of royalty Section two- Individualism will show how Machiavellis writing was individualistic and how that relates to modern people Section three- The Prince will explore the main themes of Machiavellis chief written work creating the basis of comparison between Machiavellis writing and modern life Section four- Machiavelli in Business relates the themes of section three to modern business Section one- Machiavellis History Niccolo Machiavelli was born a citizen of Florence during a very turbulent period of constant political struggles His father was a lawyer with a serious debt problem and as such he was without the money to give young Niccolo a proper education Niccolo taught himself what he could with the few books found in the house As soon as he was old enough he took
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