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Machiavelli, Niccolo (1469–1527)

  • By: Keith Grint
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

Political philosopher and diplomat

Niccolo Machiavelli was probably the first great political philosopher of the Renaissance. His book The Prince, he said, was rooted not only in theory but also in historical fact. It was not so much a prescriptive book—a handy ...

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