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  1. Got the wrong name in the title - should be James Hankins!

  2. On the topic of Machiavelli, wasn’t The Prince essentially a job application to the Medicis after they had dissolved the Florentine Republic? His works might have been subsequently taken up by political philosophers as a guide to how politics is really done behind the scenes, but it seems his main intention was to avoid being exiled for his role in the former Republic.

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