Was Machiavelli actually Machiavellian? Political Realism in Renaissance Italy

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, known simply as Niccolò Machiavelli, is a name who recalls a not indifferent amount of controversy in our common daily language. The term “machiavellic” has in fact become a definition to state deceiving and treacherous behaviors, especially in the political meaning. Let’s understand through a close look if this fame is well deserved or it’s just a mere stereotype. In a few word, let’s see if Machiavelli was actually a machiavellian.

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