Hillay Zmora is professor of history at Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva, Israel. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His main areas of research are late medieval and early modern Germany, state formation in Europe 1300-1800, the European nobility, and the political thought of Machiavelli. He is the author of State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany: The Knightly Feud in Franconia, 1440-1567 (Cambridge University Press, 1998); Monarchy, Aristocracy, and the State in Europe, 1300-1800 (Routledge, 2001); The Feud in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He edited the Hebrew editions of Machiavelli, The Prince (Dvir and Shalem Press, 2003) and Discourses (Shalem Press, 2010). He has published his work on the nobility and on Machiavelli in scholarly journals in history and political thought, including Past and Present, The Historical Journal, and History of Political Thought.