Machiavelli: The Prince

Machiavelli: The Prince

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521342406

ISBN-13: 9780521342407

Pub. Date: 10/28/1989

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The most famous book on politics ever written, The Prince remains as lively and shocking today as when it was written almost five hundred years ago. Initially denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and a recommendation of tyranny, it has more recently been defended and indeed applauded as the first scientific treatment of politics as it is practiced rather than…  See more details below

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The most famous book on politics ever written, The Prince remains as lively and shocking today as when it was written almost five hundred years ago. Initially denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and a recommendation of tyranny, it has more recently been defended and indeed applauded as the first scientific treatment of politics as it is practiced rather than as it ought to be practiced. A masterpiece of effective prose, The Prince is at once comic and formidable, imaginative and calculating, fascinating and chilling. Its influence in modern history has been profound, and - often considered to be the first modern book - it was surely a primary text for the modern philosophers who challenged the traditions of ancient and medieval thought and morality. Mansfield's translation of this classic work, in combination with the new material added for this edition, makes it the definitive version of The Prince, indispensable to scholars, students, and lovers of the dark art of politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521342407
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
1,131,217
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Translation
Chronology
Map
The Prince1
Dedicatory Letter3
IHow Many Are the Kinds of Principalities and in What Modes They Are Acquired5
IIOf Hereditary Principalities6
IIIOf Mixed Principalities7
IVWhy the Kingdom of Darius Which Alexander Seized Did Not Rebel from His Successors after Alexander's Death16
VHow Cities or Principalities Which Lived by Their Own Laws before They Were Occupied Should Be Administered20
VIOf New Principalities That Are Acquired through One's Own Arms and Virtue21
VIIOf New Principalities That Are Acquired by Others' Arms and Fortune25
VIIIOf Those Who Have Attained a Principality through Crimes34
IXOf the Civil Principality38
XIn What Mode the Forces of All Principalities Should Be Measured42
XIOf Ecclesiastical Principalities45
XIIHow Many Kinds of Military There Are and Concerning Mercenary Soldiers48
XIIIOf Auxiliary, Mixed, and One's Own Soldiers54
XIVWhat a Prince Should Do Regarding the Military58
XVOf Those Things for Which Men and Especially Princes Are Praised or Blamed61
XVIOf Liberality and Parsimony62
XVIIOf Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than Feared, or the Contrary65
XVIIIIn What Mode Faith Should Be Kept by Princes68
XIXOf Avoiding Contempt and Hatred71
XXWhether Fortresses and Many Other Things Which Are Made and Done by Princes Every Day Are Useful or Useless83
XXIWhat a Prince Should Do to Be Held in Esteem87
XXIIOf Those Whom Princes Have as Secretaries92
XXIIIIn What Mode Flatterers Are to Be Avoided93
XXIVWhy the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States96
XXVHow Much Fortune Can Do in Human Affairs, and in What Mode It May Be Opposed98
XXVIExhortation to Seize Italy and to Free Her from the Barbarians101
AppMachiavelli's Letter of December 10, 1513107
Glossary113
Bibliography141
Index of Proper Names145

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MACHIAVELLI - THE PRINCE (Special Nook Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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This edition of "The Prince" is an excellent translation and features historical footnotes to help the reader gain a genuine perspective of the socio-political climate in which Machiavelli lived and worked. I feel that this book is a "must read" for anyone interested in political science or the various social and political machinations and manipulation of public opinion that are still being practiced today. Like Da Vinci's studies, Machiavelli's observations and advice are still hauntingly relevant in modern times. This book has no doubt been and remains a playbook in the arsenal of politicians, dictators, and despots six centuries after being penned.
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This is a very profund and much misunderstood book. Everyone should read it to know how the world really works.
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Machiavelli's The Prince is an eerie read, during which you'll many times stop and reread in disbelief. However, it is a spectacular book to give you an idea of the Italians in the early 1500's, and what they were thinking, what they reacted to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work opens one's mind on how many have ruled their nations. It tells the Do's and Dont's that anyone with a high ranking position should do to rule effectively. It brings to mind how some of our past and current leaders in society have ruled. Its a work left open to every person's own interpretation, it helps one form their own opinion about everyday matters, specially politics and policies.