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Machiavelli wrote this book The Princewhich is about becomming a politicalleader from examples of his own life Niccolo Machiavelli lived from 1469 to 1527 sawwhat we now consider the height of the Italian Renaissance- a period that produced someof Italys greatest achievements in the arts and sciences but that also produced horriblescandals and the establishment of foreign domination over the peninsula Brought upwhile members of the powerful Medici family were masters of Florence he studied theclassics and learned to read and write in Latin He also showed a keen interest in and theability to learn from the world around him He was a diplomat a student of history anda writer of comedy and his sharp and unique insights changed the face of politicalscience forever Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3 1469 We first hear of him playingan active role in the affairs of his native city in 1498 when the government dominated byGirolamo Savonarola the Dominican friar whose puritanical views had influencedFlorence for the preceding four years fell from power Therefore the post was leftunoccupied but after a short delay the little known name of Niccolo Machiavelli was put forward as a possible replacement He was only twenty-nine years old at the time andapparently had no previous administrative experience His nomination was confirmedhowever and he was appointed second chancellor of the Florentine Republic It was an enormous opportunity and the experiences and insights he would gain in the post wouldbe used later in writing The Prince At the time Machiavelli entered public service there were alreadywell-established standards for filling major administrative positions in Florentinegovernment In addition to exhibiting diplomatic skill civil servants were
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