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The early modern period awakened new and old political theories, which would impact the development of civilization. Italy and its political theorist were at the forefront of this political revolution, which created the opportunity for their ideas to be diffused in to a variety of other European cultures, which would build off the Italian foundations. If it was not for political writers such as Niccolo Machiavelli who turned back to classical antiquity and began incorporating elements of the ancient philosophy into their own thoughts, then the political developments in the early modern period would not have been so substantial.