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    In Florence 1389, a boy is baptized, he was not of noble birth. He was the son of a local merchant. His name was Cosimo De Medici. According to the book “Culture & Values: A survey of the Humanities” by Lawrence S. Cunningham, John J. Reich, and Louis Fichner-Rathus, “ Cosimo de’ Medici (de facto ruler of Florence from 1434 to 1464) was an astute banker and a cultivated man of letters” (382). From humble beginnings, his dynasty would seek for power and influence and not stop until they secured the papacy itself. This was a world where power came at a price in three: murder, assassination, and war. However, the city of Florence was also home of creativity and for the greater glory of the family. The Medici would protect and pay for the greatest artists and thinkers of that age, Michael Angelo, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Galileo. An expression of ideas that will shutter the medieval world and resonate for centuries with a single word, renaissance –rebirth-. Behind it, there is still The Medici, the godfathers of the Renaissance. In a side street of the main plaza in…

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    “Machiavellian,” a term which originated partly because of numerous ideas put forth by Machiavelli in his controversial political treatise, The Prince. However, modern scholarship has revealed that there is more virtue to Machiavelli’s supposed amoral statements than traditional critics believed. Before Machiavelli retired to his estate and penned The Prince, he resided in Florence at the time when Lorenzo de’Medici and the House of Medici, an influential banking family that…

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    ▪ Summary of the main ideas Machiavelli started his book by glorifying the Prince Lorenzo De Medici that he is writing for, he wanted to present him the most valuable thing he owned; his accumulated knowledge and experiences from his long years working in their contemporary affairs and his continual studying to history before his exile. The book is concerned of how to establish a despotic regime? how to consolidate and maintain this regime after establishment? ▪ In the First part, the Author…

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    As mentioned in the book, the most important of these cities are Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Naples. This chapter is about Italy during the Renaissance during the 1500s. Trade flourished during this time period and merchants were a big part of the recovering economy. There were several extremely wealthy families that had a major influence on Italy. An example is the Medici family of Florence. The Medici family helped to build up a system of banking, manufacturing, and trade. Capitalism…

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    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli was written as a gift to gain favor of Lorenzo de Medici, the de facto oligarchic ruler of the Florentine Republic and one of the most powerful persons of the Renaissance. Niccolò Machiavelli was a Renaissance historian, diplomat, philosopher, and writer. He witnessed the expulsion of the Medici family and the rise of Girolamo Savanorola, a Dominican religious zealot who controlled the region after. During this time, Italy became a landscape of political…

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    like the most of the Italian peninsula during this time, was constantly changing political representation. When the Medici family took power in 1513, Machiavelli was forced into exile. This fall from the occupation he adored weighed heavily on him; forcing him to seek desperate measures to try and get back into his esteemed political profession. His work, The Prince, he thought, would be…

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    control the region. The constant fluctuations in the newly formed Political-military alliances continually led to the change of loyalty instituting the rise and fall of many ruling governments. The world and times that Machiavelli was coming into was a strong factor to his view on how his vision of how Florence should be constructed later in life. The instability of the region had allowed for this new ideology within Florence to take shape, to see a strong need for a leader that could bring…

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    Introduction- Marco Polo is a famous and revolutionary Venetian explorer. Today's society learnt a lot from him and he was one of the most significant figures of Medieval Europe. Polo was the thread of string that ran from the East to the West, from Europe to Asia. He had an extremely positive and impactful influence on trade and the economy. Introducing many goods to both Europe and Asia, Marco's presence and achievements are prominently felt throughout time. His book inspired envy, curiosity…

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    I found the information within this book to be incredibly enlightening in discovering not only what urban ministry entails, but also ministry itself. In this 21st century, there are practically two to three churches on nearly every city block. Moreover, each church has their own agenda, organizational structure and their very own way of doing things. In our Western culture today, it is a fact with quite clear understanding that many churches do church instead of becoming a church as Jesus…

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    Power is not evil, it is the user that makes it evil. Machiavelli, a controversial figure in political history left a legacy of brutal reality which disturbed many people. Niccolo Machiavelli’s, The Prince explores the groundbreaking ideas for a prince to secure the leading position in government and retain his power and leadership. Human nature combined with power has the possibility of becoming tragically destructive. However, that wreckage stems from the environment, and the actions…

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