Dbq documents – Modern State

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DBQ Documents – Modern State


Document 1

From: Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532

Men have less hesitation in offending a man who is loved than one how is feared, for love is held by a bond of obligation which, as men are wicked, is broken whenever personal advantage suggests it, but fear is accompanied by the dread of punishment, which never relaxes.


Document 2

From: King James I of England, Address to Parliament, 1609

The state of monarchy is the supremest thing upon earth; for kings are not only God’s lieutenants upon earth, and sit upon God’s throne, but even by God Himself they are called gods….Kings are justly called gods, for that they exercise a…divine power upon earth….God hath power to create or destroy, make or unmake at His pleasure, to give life or sent death, to judge all and to be judged nor accountable to none, to raise low things and to make high tings low at His pleasure…And the like power have kings…

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