Machiavelli's Influence On Political Theory

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) is said to be one of the most influential figures in Political Theory. Born in Florence, Italy Machiavelli was a very prolific historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, and writer in the Italian Renaissance, and his influence still exists till this moment in several aspects of modern policy making, International Affairs, and diplomacy, and that gave him the honor of being called “Founder of modern political science”.

Little is known about the early life of Machiavelli, but the fact that he was born as a second son to attorney Bernardo Machiavelli and Bartolomea Nelli. His family was a well known and very wealthy Florentine family at the time, although his father was one of the poorest family members. All these aspects combined help Machiavelli get a very rich school life
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After several years Savonarola started gaining more and more followers, and after consistent criticizing of the government, clergy, and Pope he assumed power and started ruling as what to be known later on as a “Christian” rule. Although Savonarola successfully ruled Florence with his Christian doctrines for a good amount of years, he would be later on featured in Machiavelli’s well known work “The Prince” as an example of an “unarmed prophet” who must fail, after he was hanged in the public square and having his body burned. After that, and at the age of 29, Machiavelli had gained the confidence and trust of Piero Soderini, the chief magistrate for life in Florence from 1502. During his time at the second chancery, Machiavelli had successfully persuaded Soderini to reduce the reliance of Florence on mercenaries by establishing a militia, later organized by Machiavelli himself. After 14 years of service at the chancery Machiavelli had embarked on more than 40 diplomatic missions on the behalf of the Florentine
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