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How Machiavelli's World Shaped Our Own

Jun 21, 2015 | 12:59 GMT
A statue of Italian statesman, philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli, circa 1500.
A statue of Italian statesman, philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli, circa 1500.
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The world in which Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavelli lived scarcely resembles our own. Yet similarities remain. Although he died nearly 500 years ago, Machiavelli would be able to navigate our politics as deftly as he navigated his, because the principles that govern them remain much the same....

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