Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469–1527) was an Italian historian, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance, for many years an official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. Machiavelli was born in a tumultuous era—popes waged acquisitive wars against Italian city-states, and people and cities might fall from power at any time. Machiavelli has become infamous for such political advice, ensuring that he would be remembered in history through the adjective, "Machiavellian", but he was a founder of modern political science, and more specifically political ethics. This collection, contains his best works, in their original editions: The Prince, The Art of War, Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius & History of Florence.
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