Cesare Borgia

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  • Borgi Cruelty In Machiavelli's The Prince

    Another example of Borgia’s wisdom as a duke can be identified when examining the period of rule after he had taken over Romagna. Machiavelli is especially enthralled by Borgia’s cunning and effective use of cruelty. He even encourages the actions of Borgia to be “imitated” by future princes (29). This example of “cruelty-well-used”, as Machiavelli calls it, is recognized after Borgia notices the civil disunity within his kingdom. The subjects were so used to having their possessions taken from them under the rule of the old families that many resorted to violence and robbery just to survive (29). Borgia wanted to correct this chaos and establish “good government” by introducing ruthless henchman, Remirro de Orco, to the province. De Orco’s violent and excessive methods of punishment created fear amongst the citizens of the kingdom. As a result, order was quickly restored and de Orco was hated for committing atrocities against his own countrymen (29). It is here that Borgia determined his pawn had done what was required of him. His next move…

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  • Machiavelli's Life And The Political Climate In Italy

    does Machiavelli recommend them? In Chapters 6 and 7, the vices that are considered useful and advisable are a prince should not avoid vices like cruelty and dishonest if it does not harm the state. Furthermore, there are ability and fortune that mitigate in becoming a prince. Machiavelli recommend them because it is the duty of a prince to protect his state. Describe Francesco Sforza and Cesare Borgia, as they are discussed in Chapter 7. Why does Machiavelli dedicate almost the entirety…

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  • How Does Machiavelli Influence Government

    Machiavelli was an Italian political scientist. Many believe his teaching were that of evil and greed. As the political theorist that he was, He stressed the importance of brute, and even in some cases malicious force to keep the order of society, Anyone who defected from the prince's orders did not make it very far without some form of punishment following close by. To further back this claim, this paper will look into the evidence written by the man himself and others who cross examined his…

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  • The Prince

    that a prince should be able to distinguish between authority and virtue in order to maintain his power and control. Power cannot be enhanced virtuously and virtue cannot render great quality. Machiavelli didn’t deny the beauty of morality but redefined the idea of good. Like certain prince at his times who were always preaching peace and good faith lost their kingdoms and authority. Since the goal is to establish new authority and retain the position as a prince, Machiavelli doesn’t prioritize…

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  • The Economy Of Violence In Machiavelli's The Prince

    Machiavelli finds an example of a virtuous prince in Cesare Borgia, described as a skillful leader who was only defeated by the negative effects of fortuna (Ryan, 2012, p.371). On the other hand, Agathocles is presented as a tyrant, whose form of ruling was dishonorable. He was freely elected by the citizens of Syracuse, and then made himself a tyrant, holding this position (Ryan, 2012, p.377). However, a close analysis…

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  • Middle Ages Vs Renaissance

    the city-states caused a change in social class that led to a large range of effects throughout Europe. Italy during the Renaissance was extremely corrupt, and the wealth in Italy was being taken from the nobles, such as the Pope, and being given to these ruthless and vindictive families who would eliminate their competition at any cost. Machiavelli at this time was witnessing all the corruption that was taking place in Italy which led to him writing The Prince. In the text, Machiavelli…

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  • What Is Machiavelli's View Of The Italian Government

    example of a prince who aquires principality by his abilities. Machiavelli respects him because he was a military leader. However, he does not like the castle Sforza built because this led to some of the people not liking him. And Machiavelli doesn’t like this because it breaks one of his rules: don’t be hated by the people. Pope Alexander VI – This was the father of Cesare Borgia, and he used his position to get his son into power. Machiavelli thinks of Alexander VI as being really good at…

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  • Analysis Of Morality And Necessity: What Makes A Prince Just?

    bloodshed and the use of force Machiavelli writes, “he [the unarmed prince] had no way of holding fast those who had believed or of forcing the incredulous to believe” (The Prince 21). Obviously, Machiavelli believes that arms and violence are, on the surface, a very practical means to deal with the unruly and rebellious nature of mankind, who lose faith in their leaders as often as they find it. Most importantly however, Machiavelli uses the historical context of Cesare Borgia’s conquest of the…

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  • Machiavelli's The Prince: An Analysis

    and to imitate those who were successful. Even if he cannot be perfect, he will still be successful in some way. “The Spartans held Athens and Thebes by creating oligarchies in these cities, yet lost them in the end. The Romans, to retain Capua, Carthage, and Numantia, destroyed them and never lost them. ... Spartans held it [Greece], leaving it its freedoms and allowing it to be governed by its own laws…” (Machiavelli 11). Machiavelli wrote about how a city should be run based on the successes…

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  • Julius Caesar And Machiavelli Analysis

    The actual documentary is called ‘Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli’ but you would be better off referring to the stimulus or stimulus clip). . This is evident in chapter 15 of his treatise, “If a ruler wants to survive, he’ll have to learn to stop being good, at least when the occasion demands”. The didactic tone of Machiavelli’s prose suggests that it is quintessential for a leader to disguise as a person who lacks morality. To further emphasise this point, he cites an example of Cesare Borgia; an…

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