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Machiavelli was a product of Renaissance Florence, a city-state that was struggling for expansion and survival among a competing group of similar states. As a public servant and diplomat, Machiavelli came to understand power politics by observing the spectacle around him without any illusions.

Would you possibly elaborate what the bold part means? and is power an adjective there??

Thanks

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Power in power politics is an attributive noun: a noun which modifies a following noun, like internet in internet conversation.

Power politics is politics understood as fundamentally a competition between rival states or classes or interests, each seeking to impose its own will on its competitors. It is contrasted with traditional views of politics as a rational system oriented toward achieving ethical goals.

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    @nima You're welcome. I should point out (to spare you future embarrassment) that in English it is safer to address only family, lovers and intimate friends as dear. – StoneyB Jun 7 '15 at 15:16

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