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Niccolò Machiavelli

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The famous fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli is widely regarded to have founded the field of political science. His best known work is The Prince, wherein Machiavelli advises princes of principalities how to rule. The term "Machiavellian" originates in Machiavelli's pragmatic advice, which seemed amoral to many. However, in the Discourses, Machiavelli is focused on the structure, nature and evolution of republics. It is much longer than The Prince and covers nearly all the major subjects of political science. Since the Discourses concerns republics, it is widely regarded as modern republican political theory's founding work.

The full title of the Discourses is Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius (or Discourses on Livy). The book purports to be a commentary on works of Roman historian Titus Livius (known as Livy), specifically those books which cover the history of the Roman Empire between...

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