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The Subversive Machiavelli

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This chapter discusses about private citizens who become princes purely by good fortune. In the beginning of the chapter, Machiavelli mentions the idea favoured by 'Livius as well as all other historians' according to which 'nothing is more uncertain and inconstant than the multitude [molitudine]'. The above quote focuses on two 'popular' features in Machiavelli's thinking. Machiavelli's views about the unification of the Apennine peninsula have, in the present study, been interpreted from the viewpoint where the goal of the project of the new prince is to take hold of a highly aleatory conjuncture by producing an extensive state in terms of the area under its control.

Keywords: apennine peninsula; Livius; Subversive Machiavelli



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