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Prince and Other Political Writings

ISBN-10: 0460876295
ISBN-13: 9780460876292
Edition: 1995
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Description: "The Princeis a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more."—Isaiah BerlinCredited with taking the ethics out of politics and hailed as the father ofrealpolitik, Machiavelli's name  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 10/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

"The Princeis a mere tabulation of types of government and rulers, and of methods of maintaining them. It is this and no more."—Isaiah BerlinCredited with taking the ethics out of politics and hailed as the father ofrealpolitik, Machiavelli's name became synonymous with a form of politics that privileged expediency at the expense of morality. Whilst assuming the guise of a traditional 'Mirror of Princes' handbook,The Princesubverts the classical and renaissance conventions of such moralizing tracts. By exploiting the distance between ruler and ruled, Machiavelli encourages his Price to present an image of virtue when necessity dictates he act immorally. the results is a handbook dedicated to a new Price, espousing a politics of necessity with scant concern for justice and Christian morality when the security of the Price's rule is threatened.Set in the context of his earlier political writings, this edition shows how Machiavelli's advice was conditioned by the prevailing political and social culture of Renaissance Italy. His clinical analysis of the dynamics of power, however, is as chilling now as it was then.

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He was a political philosopher, statesman, and court advisor. Starting out as a clerk, he quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. His political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. He is best known for The Prince, his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named Mandragola. He died on June 21, 1527 at the age of 58.

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