The Prince

The Prince

by Niccolò Machiavelli

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Overview

As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his "primer for princes." In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power, Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers, developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems, among them governing hereditary monarchies, dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples. Refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality, The Prince sets down a frighteningly pragmatic formula for political fortune. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today, nearly 500 years after it was written, a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule that continues to be much read and studied by students, scholars and general readers as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486272740
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 09/21/1992
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 35,536
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

The father of modern political theory, Machiavelli proposed that theological imperatives have no place in the political arena — a revolutionary concept for 16th-century Italy. Even though his philosophy is often misunderstood, Machiavelli's works offer fascinating insights into Renaissance government.

Table of Contents

Contents

DEDICATION 3
CHAPTER I: OF THE VARIOUS KINDS OF PRINCEDOM, AND OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THEY ARE ACQUIRED 3
CHAPTER II: OF HEREDITARY PRINCEDOMS 4
CHAPTER III: OF MIXED PRINCEDOMS 4
CHAPTER IV: WHY THE KINGDOM OF DARIUS, CONQUERED BY ALEXANDER, DID NOT, ON ALEXANDER'S DEATH, REBEL AGAINST HIS SUCCESSORS 8
CHAPTER V: HOW CITIES OR PROVINCES WHICH BEFORE THEIR ACQUISITION HAVE LIVED UNDER THEIR OWN LAWS ARE TO BE GOVERNED 9
CHAPTER VI: OF NEW PRINCEDOMS WHICH A PRINCE ACQUIRES WITH HIS OWN ARMS AND BY MERIT 10
CHAPTER VII: OF NEW PRINCEDOMS ACQUIRED BY THE AID OF OTHERS AND BY GOOD FORTUNE 11
CHAPTER VIII: OF THOSE WHO BY THEIR CRIMES COME TO BE PRINCES 15
CHAPTER IX: OF THE CIVIL PRINCEDOM 17
CHAPTER X: HOW THE STRENGTH OF ALL PRINCEDOMS SHOULD BE MEASURED 19
CHAPTER XI: OF ECCLESIASTICAL PRINCEDOMS 20
CHAPTER XII: HOW MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF SOLDIERS THERE ARE, AND OF MERCENARIES 21
CHAPTER XIII: OF AUXILIARY, MIXED, AND NATIONAL ARMS 23
CHAPTER XIV: OF THE DUTY OF A PRINCE IN RESPECT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS 25
CHAPTER XV: OF THE QUALITIES IN RESPECT OF WHICH MEN, AND MOST OF ALL PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED 26
CHAPTER XVI: OF LIBERALITY AND MISERLINESS 27
CHAPTER XVII: OF CRUELTY AND CLEMENCY, AND WHETHER IT IS BETTER TO BE LOVED OR FEARED 28
CHAPTER XVIII: HOW PRINCES SHOULD KEEP FAITH 30
CHAPTER XIX: THAT A PRINCE SHOULD SEEK TO ESCAPE CONTEMPT AND HATRED 31
CHAPTER XX: WHETHER FORTRESSES, AND CERTAIN OTHER EXPEDIENTS TO WHICH PRINCES OFTEN HAVE RECOURSE, ARE PROFITABLE OR HURTFUL 36
CHAPTER XXI: HOW A PRINCE SHOULD BEAR HIMSELF SO AS TO ACQUIRE REPUTATION 38
CHAPTER XXII: OF THE SECRETARIES OF PRINCES 40
CHAPTER XXIII: THAT FLATTERERS SHOULD BE SHUNNED 40
CHAPTER XXIV: WHY THE PRINCES OF ITALY HAVE LOST THEIR STATES 41
CHAPTER XXV: WHAT FORTUNE CAN EFFECT IN HUMAN AFFAIRS, AND HOW SHE MAY BE WITHSTOOD 42
CHAPTER XXVI: AN EXHORTATION TO LIBERATE ITALY FROM THE BARBARIANS 44

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