Machiavelli's The Art Of War And The Prince [NOOK Book]

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The types of political behavior which are discussed in ways which are apparently approving by Machiavelli in "The Prince" were perceived as shocking by contemporaries, and its immorality is still a subject of serious discussion. Although the work advises princes how to tyrannize, Machiavelli is generally thought to have preferred some form of free republic. Machiavelli emphasized the need for realism, as opposed to idealism. In The Prince he does not explain what he thinks the best ethical or political goals are,...
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Machiavelli's The Art Of War And The Prince

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The types of political behavior which are discussed in ways which are apparently approving by Machiavelli in "The Prince" were perceived as shocking by contemporaries, and its immorality is still a subject of serious discussion. Although the work advises princes how to tyrannize, Machiavelli is generally thought to have preferred some form of free republic. Machiavelli emphasized the need for realism, as opposed to idealism. In The Prince he does not explain what he thinks the best ethical or political goals are, except the control of one's own fortune, as opposed to waiting to see what chance brings. Machiavelli took it for granted that would-be leaders naturally aim at glory or honor. Machiavelli's ideas on how to accrue honor and power as a leader had a profound impact on political leaders throughout the modern west, helped by the new technology of the printing press.

Machiavelli's "Art of War" echoes many themes, issues, ideas and proposals from his earlier, more widely read works, "The Prince" and "The Discourses". To the contemporary reader, Machiavelli's dialogue may seem impractical and to under-rate the effectiveness of both firearms and cavalry. However, his theories were not merely based on a thorough study and analysis of classical and contemporary military practices. Machiavelli had served for fourteen years as secretary to the Chancery of Florence and "personally observed and reported back to his government on the size, composition, weaponry, morale, and logistical capabilities of the most effective militaries of his day." However, the native fighting force he assiduously oversaw was struck a catastrophic defeat in Prato in 1512 which lead to the downfall of Republican government. The specter of this disaster looms large over the Art of War.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013045330
  • Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 847 KB

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