Machiavelli: The Prince

Machiavelli: The Prince

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521349931

ISBN-13: 9780521349932

Pub. Date: 10/28/1988

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In his introduction to this new translation by Russell Price, Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries. This new edition includes notes on the principal events in Machiavelli's life, and on the

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In his introduction to this new translation by Russell Price, Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries. This new edition includes notes on the principal events in Machiavelli's life, and on the vocabulary of The Prince, as well as biographical notes on characters in the text.

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ISBN-13:
9780521349932
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1988
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
122,512
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's note; Introduction; Principals events in Machiavelli's life; Bibliographical note; Translator's note; Map; Dedicatory letter; 1. The different kinds of principality and how they are acquired; 2. Hereditary principalities; 3. Mixed principalities; 4. Why the Kingdom of Darius, conquered by Alexander, did not rebel against his successors after Alexander's death; 5. How one should govern cities or principalities that, before being conquered, used to live under their own laws; 6. New principalities acquired by one's own arms and ability; 7. New principalities acquired through the power of others and their favour; 8. Those who become rulers through wicked means; 9. The civil principality; 10. How the strength of all principalities should be measured; 11. Ecclesiastical principalities; 12. The different types of army, and mercenary troops; 13. Auxiliaries, mixed troop and negative troops; 14. How a ruler should act concerning military matters; 15. The things for which men, and especially rulers, are praised or blamed; 16. Generosity and meanness; 17. Cruelty and mercifulness; and whether it is better to be loved or feared; 18. How rulers should keep their promises; 19. How contempt and hatred should be avoided; 20. Whether building fortresses, and many other things that rulers frequently do, are useful or not; 21. How a ruler should act in order to gain reputation; 22. The secretaries of rulers; 23. How flatterers should be shunned; 24. Why the rulers of Italy have lost their states; 25. How much power fortune has over human affairs, and how it should be resisted; 26. Exhortation to liberate Italy from the Barbarian yoke; Appendixes; Bibliographical notes; Index of subjects; Index of proper names.

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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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JRWJr More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.