History of Florence and Italy

History of Florence and Italy
And of the Affairs of Italy from the Earliest Times to the Death of Lorenzo the Magnificent

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History of Florence and Italy by Niccolò Machiavelli

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History of Florence and Italy
And of the Affairs of Italy from the Earliest Times to the Death of Lorenzo the Magnificent

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, the most successful and most enduring example of popular government. Free Rome is the embodiment of his political idea of the state. Much that Machiavelli says in this treatise is as true to-day and holds as good as the day it was written. And to us there is much that is of especial importance. To select a chapter almost at random, let us take Book I., Chap. XV.: "Public affairs are easily managed in a city where the body of the people is not corrupt; and where equality exists, there no principality can be established; nor can a republic be established where there is no equality."

No man has been more harshly judged than Machiavelli, especially in the two centuries following his death. But he has since found many able champions and the tide has turned. /The Prince/ has been termed a manual for tyrants, the effect of which has been most pernicious. But were Machiavelli's doctrines really new? Did he discover them? He merely had the candor and courage to write down what everybody was thinking and what

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