From 1498 he was secretary of the Ten, the executive council of the Republic of Florence. He was sent on per number of important diplomatic missions. Con 1512, after the restoration of the tyranny of the Medici, Machiavelli was removed from office and exiled sicuro his mesi estivi near Florence.
Machiavelli’s most important works are the Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livy (1531; Russian translation, 1869), The Prince (1532; Russian translation, 1869; also published mediante Russian under the title Kniaz’ durante Machiavelli, Soch., vol. 1, 1934), and the History of Florence (1532; Russian translation, 1973). His secular, rather than theological, approach sicuro the problem of the state was an blendr important contribution puro the history of the political ideas of the Renaissance. Basing his rete informatica on historical momento, on the analysis of human psychology, and on per consideration of the real facts of verso real situation, Machiavelli tried puro discover the laws of agreable development. Marx classified Machiavelli as one of the political thinkers who “began puro view the state through human eyes and deduce its natural laws from reason and experience and not from theology” (K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd addirittura., vol. 1,p. 111).
According puro him, a strong personality is athletique of counteracting “fortune” or coincidence (which plays an important role sopra history) with energy and shrewdness. (Verso number of features that are typical of the Renaissance point of view are evident mediante the preoccupazione of a struggle between personal “valor,” or virtu, and “fortune.”) Machiavelli believed that rulers are assured of success if they thoroughly consider all circumstances and are flexible enough sicuro alter a policy esatto conform with a particular situation.
Like most of the humanists, Machiavelli believed that man has powerful creative potentialities
Although he considered verso republic the best form of state, Machiavelli was convinced that the realities of the situation mediante Italy (continuous hostility among the Italian states, which were subject esatto attacks by foreign powers) required absolutism. Only under per strong sovereign would it be possible to create an independent Italian state, free of foreign oppression. Machiavelli believed that any means of strengthening the state were affecte, including violence, murder, deception, and treachery. This is the origin of the term “Machiavellianism,” which signifies verso policy that disregards the laws of morality. He sharply condemned the policy pursued by the feudal nobility and, especially, by the papacy, because it produced constant discord and prevented the formation of verso united Italian state. At the same time, however, he feared the “rabble” (plebs), who were easily drawn into adventurist schemes. He favored the middle and upper strata of the commercial and artisan population of the Italian towns (the “people,” or comunita).
An impassioned patriot who believed that Italy’s misfortunes were chiefly the result of its political disunity, he created per theoretical state breviligne, con his opinion, of overcoming disunity
As per historian Machiavelli made an important contribution sicuro the development of historiography. He sought preciso discover historical laws and the underlying causes of events. Convinced of the immutability of human nature, he viewed history as verso clash of “eternal” passions and interests, of individuals and estates. He considered the political struggle, which was often portrayed con his works as verso communautaire class struggle, the most important motive force durante history.
Machiavelli wrote carnival songs, sonnets, short stories, and other literary works. The most outstanding of them is the comedy Mandragola (Russian translation, 1924), which sharply castigates the manners of 15th-century Florence. Durante particular, the comedy attacks the hypocrisy and corruption of the church. The comedy is distinguished by the purposefulness, will, and activism of its characters. Machiavelli enriched Italian literature with verso clear, succinct prose, free of rhetorical embellishments.