Economic, Political, and
of the Renaissance
- A copy of class notes on “Economic and Political Foundations of the Renaissance” (Attachment B) for each student
- Overhead projector (optional)
- Teacher-selected reading, worksheet, or other activity
- Put class notes on the board or overhead for “Economic and Political Foundations of the Renaissance” (Attachment B). Discuss the notes, emphasizing the rise and politics of the Italian city-states.
- Machiavelli’s The Prince served as a secular treatise on how to be a good ruler. An idea attributed to Machiavelli is “The ends justify the means.” He frequently discusses ancient leaders as illustrations of what a good ruler should do.
• Are his ideas relevant for leaders today? (Napoleon, Hitler, and Churchill all owned copies of The Prince.)
• Does the end justify the means (no matter how bad they are) if the results help the people of a country?
- Assign a teacher-selected reading, worksheet, or other reinforcement activity, using available teacher resources.