Machiavelli was a passionate patriot, a democrat, a believer in liberty,

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The prince is a typical piece of its period, a mirror for princes, a genre exercise common enough in the Renaissance and before (and after) it, with very obvious borrowings and “echoes”; more gifted than most of these, and certainly more hard-boiled (and influential), but not so very different in style, content, or intention.

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Machiavelli was a passionate patriot, a democrat, a believer in liberty,The prince is a typical piece of its period, a mirror for princes, a genre exercise common enough in the Renaissance and before (and after) it, with very obvious borrowings and echoes; more gifted than most of these, and certainly more hard-boiled (and influential), but not so very different in style, content, or intention. he is, above all, a marvellous mirror of his age, a man sensitive to the contours of his time, who faithfully described what others did not admit or recognize, an inexhaustible mine of acute contemporary observation; he is a man of deep insight into the real historical (or super-historical) forces that mould men and transform their moralityin particular, a man who rejected Christian principles for those of reason, political unity, and centralization. For Hegel he is the man of genius who saw the need for uniting a chaotic collection of small and feeble principalities into a coherent whole. His specific nostrums may excite disgust, but they are accidents due to the conditions of their own time, now long past. Yet, however obsolete his precepts, he understood something more importantthe demands of his own agethat the hour had struck for the birth of the modern, centralized, political state, for the formation of which he established the truly necessary fundamental principles. 2Machiavelli, in E. W. Cochranes words, did not deny the validity of Christia

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