The Prince [Niccolo Machiavelli] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There have been many political philosophies published throughout the. Download free eBooks of classic literature, books and novels at Planet eBook. nished Machiavelli with a subject of a gibe in ‘The Prince,’ where he is cited as. The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power The dedication declares Machiavelli’s intention to discuss in plain language.

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Evidence suggests that Machiavelli was an upright man, a good father, and a husband who lived in affectionate harmony with his wife, Marietta Corsini, who bore him six children. Machiavelli wrote The Prince injust after he was forced to leave Florence as a political exile. Above all, Machiavelli argues, a prince should not interfere with the property of their subjects, their women, or the life of somebody without proper justification.

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A prince who is diligent in times of peace will be ready in times of adversity. But his single-minded service to the republic of Florence ended when the army of the Holy League of Pope Julius II returned the Medici family to power as benevolent despots of the city.

Student I find this book good reading to improve one’s knowledge. This is not necessarily true in every case. Locke’s Machiavellian Teaching” in Rahe At his signal, his soldiers killed all the senators and the wealthiest citizens, completely destroying the old oligarchy. Founding a wholly new state, or even a new religion, using injustice and immorality has even been called the chief theme of The Prince.


To see the rules of the game laid bare in front of you is a disconcerting experience, and makes you ask yourself: Machiavelli asserts that there are three types of intelligence:. Machiavelli compares two great military leaders: But the Catholic Church censured Machiavelli for his criticism of Christianity and for the tone and content of the political counsel he offered, especially in The Prince.

The book is also chalk-full of wonderful quotes that just jumped out at me as I was reading. Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. The ends justify the means.

National Book Award Finalist for Translation A prince, therefore, should only keep his word when it suits his purposes, but do his utmost to maintain the illusion that th does keep his word and that he is reliable in that regard. Machiavelli also warns against using auxiliary forces, troops borrowed from an ally, because if they win, the employer is under their favor and if they lose, he is ruined.

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Being nice, in politics, in war, in struggles for power, often ends with one person winning and the other person being in prison, disgraced, exiled, or dead. He acknowledges the reality then “tempers” it by contrasting the more real – power – with the more ideal – glory.

He then explicitly proposes that the Medici are now in a position to try the same thing. Be too talkative, and they will think of you as fools.

On the other hand Straussp. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Pgince and Privacy Policy. Machiavelli compares fortune to a torrential river that cannot be easily controlled during flooding season.


Thus he studies the past and seeks in history the explanations for the reality of his time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It can be summarized as follows: From a twisted point of view, sometimes, it is almost a bit funny. Any show of your real sentiments is a weakness.

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If a prince is given to changing his mind, his reputation will suffer. As shown by his letter of dedication, Machiavelli’s work eventually came to be dedicated to Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medicigrandson of ” Lorenzo the Magnificent “, and a member of the ruling Florentine Medici family, whose uncle Giovanni became Pope Leo X in Slytherin House, which is known for cunningness, astuteness, ambition, thirst for power, self-preservation, but also fraternity, and that was the one point which drew me away from his way of thinking.

And as he himself advises, “A leader doesn’t have to boo virtuous qualities, but it’s imperative that he seem to possess them. The way to judge the strength of a princedom is to see whether it can defend itself, or whether it needs to depend on allies. Murder, the incitement of quarrels among citizens, the purchase of temporary loyalties, and betrayal: This is letter in hhe translated correspondence edition of James B.

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