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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3 1469 While working as a clerk in the government he gained stature when the Florentine Republic was established in 1498 Machiavelli supervised the military operations of the republic He also was the secretary of the ten-man council that conducted the diplomatic negotiations During his tenor in the government Machiavelli became acquainted with many of the Italian rulers and their political tactics From 1503 to 1506 Machiavelli reorganized the military defense of the republic of Florence The Medici family took control of the republic in 1512 and Machiavelli was arrested for conspiring against them after more than a decade of public service After his release he retired to his estate near Florence where he wrote many of his political writings In 1513 Machiavelli wrote The Prince in hopes of securing the favor of the Medici family It is a guide to the exercise of raw political power over a renaissance principality Allowing for the unpredictable influence of fortune Machiavelli argued that it is primarily the skill of the individual leader that determines the success of a state The Prince establishes means of acquiring and maintaining the principality and evaluates each of them by looking to its likelihood of expanding the prominence of the prince This focus on practical success by all means even at the expense of traditional values earned Machiavelli a reputation of deception and cruelty Machiavellis writing forever changed political views His ideas of doing anything no matter how extreme for a rulers state where new but are still used today by some He was the first to rationally examine the ways to control politics Machiavelli believes that a ruler should have his states concern his foremost priority The state is founded on the power of its military Therefore a strong military is vital to maintaining the state Machiavelli believes that men respect power but will take advantage of kindness He believes that when given
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