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An Outline and Arguments on The Prince by Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli was a very knowledgeable man He was born in Florence in 1469 and when he was of the age 43 he wrote The Prince His first admission into politics happened in1498 with the title as Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria He held this job through the year 1512 right before the Medici took over Florence He was very faithful to his elders and to the policies of the government In 1502 he became assistant to Soderini who was elected chief magistrate of the Republic One of his finest accomplishments came in the year 1509 when he made Pisa acquiesce after a 15 year struggle He was mostly credited because he directed the land and sea blockade that brought about Pisas submission Three years later the Spaniards attacked Prato They broke the walls attacked the defenders and totally destroyed the town A couple days later Soderini resigned and went into exile The Medici took control of Florence and six weeks later dismissed and banished Machiavelli for one year Early in 1513 he was suspected of plotting to overthrow the Medici government He was first arrested then tortured and then released after his innocence was satisfactorily proven He then went to a small farm near San Casciano where he was restless and bored There he wrote the book called The Prince There are a lot of ideas and teachings mentioned in the book It as a whole discusses what a principality is what kinds there are how they are won how they are maintained and why they are lost He first states that there are either republics or principalities inherited or new Principalities that are inherited are more easily to keep because the citizens already know and are familiar with the family in power So the new prince should not keep away from the methods of his predecessors
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