Niccolo Machiavelli

This category is for questions about Machiavelli whose full name is Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. He was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer during the Renaissance, and he is perhaps best remembered for his political treatise 'The Prince.'

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Niccolo Machiavelli

What did machiavelli do?

he was a writer. a victum of politics himself.


Most people remember Machiavelli as the author of "The Prince" a guide to being a successful ruler in Italy in the miffle ages. He was also:

  • a diplomat
  • a political philosopher
  • a playwright
  • a civil servant of the Florentine Republic
  • a writer of comedies, carnival songs, poetry
Niccolo Machiavelli

What point does Machiavelli make about Agathocles of Sicily?

Machiavelli is makes the point that those who obtain a principality by wickedness obtain power, but do not obtain glory. He shows this by showing that Agathocles was very cruel in his escapades as a tyrant. In the Prince he shows that Agathocles only ever used his military to seize power. He never tried to have good public relations he was only feared. Later, in the Prince we learn that this meant that he is a lion. He only used force and fear to control his kingdom. He killed all of the rich people in sicily and all of the Senate with his army. He killed friends to make sure that no one would be able to seize power from him. Ultimately, from a philosophical point of view one could say that Machiavelli used Agathocles the same way Borgia used Dorco. He used him to establish himself as a prince and appeal to his audience. He appeals to Christians by using Agathocles to show that he does not agree with the way he obtained his power. He wants the reader to see him as correct as to the way that we are supposed to obtain glory. He is very deceptive

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Niccolo Machiavelli

What determines an individual's success in a work situation?

To answer your question with as few words as possible, "ATTITUDE" The way you approach your work, your day, your co-workers, your boss. is made either stronger or weaker by the attitude you hold in the way you walk, talk, look, dress and act. Those five characteristics, rolled into one state of mind, determines, more than anything else, an individual's success in ANY work situation.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Why do people still read The Prince by Machiavelli?

Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince", written in 1532, is in essence a leadership manual. It consists of advice on how to gain and maintain power.

The precepts set out by Machiavelli are not restricted to the time they were written - they are instructions on dealing with people and organisations - and they are as relevant to a modern captain of industry as they were to a renaissance lord.

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Who was Niccolo Machiavelli?

Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the best known political thinkers of Europe. He was an Italian at a time, early 1500s, when Italy consisted of small independent states. Macchiavelli was a public servant of the Republic of Florence, where his family had a certain reputation for public service and moderate wealth. After his day's work he went to his study and contemplated the history of political ideas. He was familiar with the works of Aristotle and developed an interest in the history of the Roman Republic. His idea was to discover how the Romans had achieved greatness and contrast this with the problems besetting Florence. Revolution and violence were typical of his lifetime as the small independent states were overwhelmed by northern nations, France and Austria, the Moslems and corruption in the Papacy. Setting aside his ideals he wrote a slim book, The Prince, for which he is best known. It reflects with grim humour Macchiavelli's assessment of the political lessons of the day. Forget ideals and achieve political advantage over your rivals by any means, bribery, violence and deceit. He advises The Prince, of the title, not to concern himself with the wellbeing of his people or his own reputation, but just to secure his power. This was contrary to the ideals of government formed by the Greeks, Romans and Christian tradition, which Macchiavelli shared. By painting an exaggerated picture of contemporary politics he hoped to bring to light certain principles of justice and decency that cannot be ignored in healthy states. The book was widely translated and some readers, who knew little of its author, imagined that he endorsed the political strategies that appeared in it. From this he was for long mistaken as the father of political intrigue. More influential among political thinkers, such as Thomas Hobbes, were his depictions of the state as an organic being with its own psychology, public opinion, and a sense of securing itself against an uncertain future.
Machiavelli was the person who wrote the famous book " The Prince"

Niccolo Machiavelli

How did Dante and Machiavelli reflect the ideas of the Renaissance?

Both show the human body in Great detail

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What did Niccolo Machiavelli do to affect the development of American government?

The American government wasn`t established at that time.

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What was Machiavelli's view of human nature?

Machiavelli asserts that a number of traits are inherent in human nature. People are generally self-interested, although their affection for others can be won and lost. They are content and happy so long they are not victims of something terrible. They may be trustworthy in prosperous times, but they will quickly turn selfish, deceitful, and profit-driven in times of adversity. People admire honor, generosity, courage, and piety in others, but most of them do not exhibit these virtues themselves. Ambition is commonly found among those who have achieved some power, but most common people are satisfied with the status quo and therefore do not yearn for increased status. People will naturally feel a sense of obligation after receiving a favor or service, and this bond is usually not easily broken. Nevertheless, loyalties are won and lost, and goodwill is never absolute. Such statements about human nature are often offered up as justifications for the book's advice to princes. While Machiavelli backs up his political arguments with concrete historical evidence, his statements about society and human nature sometimes have the character of assumptions rather than observations.

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Niccolo Machiavelli

How did hanfeizi believe a ruler should govern?

hanfeizi believed that everyone was evil and that they had to be controlled by strict laws.

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How was niccolo Machiavelli important to the Renaissance or Reformation?

He entered the service of the Florentine republic in 1498, four years after the Medici family had been expelled from the city. He was a secretary to the Florentine Council of Ten and made numerous diplomatic missions, including trips to France and Germany.

In 1512, French defeat and Spanish victory led to the reestablishment of Medici power in Florence. Staunch republicans, including Machiavelli, were sent into exile. He was forced to give up politics (something he loved) and began to reflect on political power and wrote books, including "The Prince (1513)," one of the most famous treatises on political power in the western world. Machiavelli's ideas on politics stemmed from his preoccupation with Italy's political problems and his knowledge of ancient Rome. His major concerns in "the prince" were the acquisition and expansion of political power as the means to restore and maintain order in his time. From Machiavelli's point of view, a prince's attitude toward power must be based on an understanding of human nature, which he perceived as basically self-centered: "For of men one can, in general say this: They are ungrateful, fickle, deceptive and deceiving, avoiders of danger, eager to gain." Political activity, therefore, could not be restricted by moral considerations. The prince acts on behalf of the state and for the sake of the state must be willing to let his conscience sleep.

Machiavelli was among the first to abandon morality as the basis for the analysis of political activity.

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What was Machiavelli view of government in the Renaissance Italy?

His view about the government was that at the time it was corrupted so he asked Ezio Auditore da Firenze who was a man we dont know much about to go off and assassinated some of the Medici family members who was in power of Florence Ezio was cournered by the guard and then soon after Cpt. John Price and Cpt. John Mactavish flew in two apaches they shot the guards. Ezio climbed up the tower and did the leap of faith onto the apache Cpt. Price and Cpt. Mactavish flew back to Machiavelli's house dropped Ezio back down and flew back to England. Ezio was safe with the apple of Eden that he stole from the Medici family and brought it back for safe keeping in the temple he knew only a great and wise man would be able to use the Apple of Eden because after what Ezio went through.

We thats not the story but only a summery to what the real story is i hope this helps alot.

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What did niccolo Machiavelli write?

Niccolo Machiavelli

Where did Machiavelli live in Italy?

Florence, Italy

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Was Machiavelli executed by Henry VIII?


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Niccolo Machiavelli

Who was Niccolo Pignatelli?

A composer =ò_PaganiniAnswer: Nicolo Pignatelli is the heir to the Pignatelli d'Aragona Cortes family. He was the Italian representative of Gulf Oil (Gulf Italia).

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Niccolo Machiavelli

Is it legal to fake your own death?

No, a person attempting such action can be charged with numerous criminal and civil violations. YES, it is legal to fake your own death IF you have had someone to attempt to murder you twice (and you obviously lived) OR if you are in Nevada. As for the other states i don't know, you would have to look into it.

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How did the English political heritage affect the kinds of governments established by Americans after 1607?


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What was Niccolo Machiavelli famous for?

He was the writer of Il Principe, a political book in which he discusses questions such as 'is it better to be loved or to be feared'. It was supposedly written as a book of advice to one of the Medicis, who ruled Florence.

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What are examples of advice given in The Prince by Machiavelli?

In 'The Prince,' Machiavelli gave some advice on acquiring land. He stated there were four methods in that could be used to acquire land. First, land could be acquired via the virtue and arms of the potential leader. Second, land could be acquired fortune. Third, land could be acquired via the use the arms of another. Fourth, it could be acquired through some means of inequity. Of the four methods, the first was the best method.

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How old was Machiavelli when he faked his own death?

He was 25

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Which best describes Machiavelli's position in The Princ?

Leaders should be concerned with power.

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Why do some people hate Niccolo Machiavelli?

becasue he was cool as tupac and he was a g and had a gat that he could pop nyone wiht and that made them jeluos

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Niccolo Machiavelli

Who is the father of modern political science?

Aristotle was the father of political science, but the father of modern political science is considered to be Niccoló Machiavelli.

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In what ways does the US Constitution reflect ideas of Machiavelli?

Practically speaking, Machiavelli's book of The Prince was a short recipe for obtaining and retaining power. The US Constitution was a document that set forth how the new federal government would operate.

Niccolo Machiavelli

What are facts about Niccolo Machiavelli?

~best known as the author of the prince (the prince was an instruction book for rulers) dedicated it to Lorenzo di Piero di' Medici

~he was a man who practiced what he preached

~in 1502 he got married and had 4 sons and 2 daughters

~his dad was a doctor of law

~he was the creator of modern political science

~he died at the age 58

~he was Italian

~he was a philosopher


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