Summary: In medieval warfare, such seemingly elementary conventions as army organization, hierarchy of command, staff services, and codes of military law were nonexistent. Niccolo Machiavelli changed all that. Among other improvements, he instituted the systematic concept of troop formation and proclaimed discipline to be of supreme importance. War was war, he believed, and victory the primary aim to which all other considerations must be subordinated. Though a republican at heart, he saw as ...show morethe crying need of his day a strong political and military leader who could forge a unitary state in northern Italy to eliminate outside forces from Italian soil. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: REV 01
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