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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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Sixteenth century Western Europe was ruled by kings chosen by divine right. Convincing a nation of people that their king deserves his power because an unseen creator made it so is not an easy task, therefore every action a king makes must be carefully constructed to balance all things that produce a beloved leader. A politician during this time named Niccolo Machiavelli wrote the world renowned book entitled The Prince which advised soon to be kings how to maintain control over their peoples without being a tyrant and losing their head. In his book Machiavelli stated that, “It is better to be feared than loved, if you can not be both” (Machiavelli). He felt that when governing a state, a king was more powerful if he was feared by his people

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