Other elements in machiavelli’s works, such as his views on virtue,

Machiavelli’s works are often associated with his ideas of self-interest, the role of cruelty, and glory (after reading The Prince) However, there are other elements of Machiavelli’s works, such as his views on virtue, republicanism, and the role of religion, that are often overlooked. Are there any parts of Machiavelli’s works that surprised you? Are there any parts that you find contradictory? How do you think his views relate to politics in our own times?

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