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S.P.Q.F.
Now, I read The Prince in school, and remembered ideas including the stock “It is better to be feared than loved,” and “The ends justify the means,” but I also remember having no idea then why Machiavelli was a big name.  I’m pretty sure my teacher didn’t really know either.  In fact, most introductions to the works of Machiavelli that I’ve read didn’t even manage to make it clear.  After ten years as a specialist in the Renaissance, I think I can finally explain why.

(the fundamental mistake most introductions to Machaivelli make is that they start by talking about Machiavelli. Context is everything.)
THIS IS SO INTERESTING. First of an amaaaaaaaazing series of five posts about Machiavelli (links to the next at the bottom of each)
'article  'research  -history  *machiavelli  ^interesting  ^ooh  ^yeah  ^excellent  ! 
july 2012 by sophia_sol

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