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  • Being A New Ruler
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    Question: Machiavelli lists several virtues that all rulers should have. Describe in your own words what those virtues are. Do you agree with Machiavelli? Why? (Note that it is possible that you may agree with some of his virtues but not others.) Through his many years of experience with Italian politics Machiavelli wrote "The Prince"; a how-to guide for new rulers. We are given descriptions of what a leader should do to effectively lead his country. A leader should be the only authority determi...
  • Ruler's Ministers
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    Han Fei Tzu has one aspiration in his basic writings. His sole intent is to keep the ruler in power. We must keep this in mind as we read his views, because many of his beliefs, which may sound strange and illogical, are all centered upon this single idea. His version of legalism, which is also the most influential version in Chinese culture, is also meant primarily for the ruling class and to some extent for their ministers. There are no morals in his beliefs, no concern for religion (religion ...
  • Makes A Good Ruler In History
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    What Makes A Good Ruler In history, the main reason why a nation prospers is because of its leader. A man named Niccolo Machiavelli stated his opinions on what makes a good ruler in his book The Qualities of the Prince. I believe that a leader should be intelligent, strong, caring and devoted to his people. Although people have different opinions in the qualities of a good ruler, all believe that a leader should help their nation grow and thrive, leaders such as Caesar and Lincoln did this for t...
  • Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli
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    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli provides an analysis on how to govern and maintain power in a principality. In the first five chapters, he defines the three ways a monarch can acquire his dominion: either he inherits it, whether he creates a new one, or annexes territories, and further discusses how to govern them. Machiavelli states that hereditary principalities are less problematic than the mixed ones since newly acquired dominion tend to be more rebellious. The ruler must therefore coloniz...
  • Hobbes Preference Of A Single Ruler
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    THOMAS HOBBES Introduction Thomas Hobbes was born in 1588, and was the son of an English vicar who fathered three children with his wife. When Thomas was still a young boy, his father was involved in a confrontation with another parson and was forced to leave his home, wife, and children. Thomas Hobbes' paternal uncle took charge of the care of the children, and he took a keen interest in young Thomas. Thomas was reading and writing at age four, acquired functional knowledge of Latin and Greek a...
  • Absolutist Rulers In The World's History
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    Absolutism is form of government in which the ruler at that time period is in control of every single aspect of politics and military in that country. France was one of few countries in European history that had a succession of several absolutist or semi-absolutist rulers in the 17th century. Absolutism can most readily be compared to a dictatorship; however, the absolutist rulers would have even more power to themselves. Most absolutist rulers in the world's history have been terrible, despicab...
  • Ideal Ruler In Order
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    MACHIAVELLI: THE PRINCE Themes and Ideas During Machiavelli's time, society was much different than it had been for previous philosophers. Instead of storing up good works, so as to enjoy paradise, as the medieval man did, the Renaissance man was interested in all things, enjoyed life, strove for worldly acclaim and wealth, and had a deep interest in classical civilizations. He was born at a time of conflict within Florence, Italy, between the republican leaders and the family of the Medici's, o...

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