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Explain why Machiavelli thinks that constitutions and states tend to decay, factors he identifies as sources of decay, and his preferred strategies for preventing decay.

How is Livy's history of the Roman Empire employed by Machiavelli? Are the Discourses a commentary on Livy or something more? Defend your answer.

Explain Machiavelli's important concepts of fortune and necessity and how they play a role in his observations on political science.

Machiavelli is famous for claiming that the ends justify the means. Why does he think this? To what does the maxim apply?

Why does Machiavelli believe in the maintenance of a strong army? Why does he believe in using it for imperial purposes like colonization? What benefits does empire provide to a republic? When should a republic go to war? When should it avoid it?

Why does Machiavelli prefer republican government to monarchy? What are the exception cases...

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