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Nicolo Machiavelli was born on May 31469 in Florence Italy Machavelli was the founder of modern political theory he was the first great political philosopher of the Renaissance Machavelli was most famous for his writing of The Prince 1513 He wrote the small pamphlet to get a job with the Medici family who ruled Florence during this time period Because of the writing of The Prince 1513 many people believe he is associated with a corrupt totalitarian government In 1494 Machiavelli was an important bureaucrat and diplomat for Florence Italy He put together Florences army and traveled all over Italy and other parts of Europe on diplomatic missions During these missions Machiavelli met many Italian rulers and observed their leadership styles and military tactics He was very interested in the military strategies and beliefs of soldier Cesare Borgia Borgia was cruel and deceitful man this is the way the way Machiavelli portrayed the main character in the Prince Machiavelli did not like the way Borgia acted but thought Borgia could unite Italy which was Machiavellis life long goal In 1512 lost his job as an important diplomat This happened when Pope Julius II took over Florence Italy and put the Medici family back in control Because Machiavelli was republican he lost his job He was put in prison and tutored for two years because the Medici family thought he was plotting against them After he was let out of prison he went back to his home in Florence and for ten years worked on his political books During this time he wrote the The Prince He wrote this to try to impress the Medici family He dedicated the book to the family he was hoping to get his job back with the government Machiavelli thought the political principles he wrote in the Prince would be impressive to the Medici because they believed in those principles
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