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7 08, 2017

Niccolo Machiavelli – The Prince – Florence

By |2018-04-08T11:14:28-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Niccolo Machiavelli Around 1500 AD, Machiavelli was working for the government in the city-state of Florence. Florence was smack in the middle of the Renaissance, which meant that everybody in Florence was thinking and talking about how cool ancient Rome was. After the Medicis tortured him and pushed him out of power in 1513, Machiavelli began writing books [...]

7 08, 2017

Thomas Hobbes – European philosophy

By |2019-08-17T14:00:40-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Thomas Hobbes, a European philosopher When did Hobbes live? Thomas Hobbes (yes, he's the one that Calvin named his tiger after) lived in England, about fifty years after Calvin and about the same time as Descartes. He was born in 1588. Who was John Calvin? Who was René Descartes? All our modern Europe articles Hobbes' back story [...]

3 08, 2017

Late medieval Florence – the Medici

By |2018-04-10T22:50:25-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Lorenzo de' Medici In the early 1400s AD, a few rich families ruled the city-state of Florence in northern Italy. With the Holy Roman Empire very weak, these families ran Florence as an independent country. But most people in Florence had lost the political power they used to have, and they were angry about it. The Medici family, who owned a successful bank, [...]