ISBN-10: 0140449159

ISBN-13: 9780140449150

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Niccol� Machiavelli, George Bull, Anthony Grafton

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A classic of the Western tradition, Machiavelli's 'The Prince' has influenced political and philosophical thought since its publication four centuries ago. This translation is faithful to the tone of the original work.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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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Translator's Note
Letter to the Magnificent Lorenzo de Medici
How many kinds of principality there are and the ways in which they are acquired
Hereditary principalities
Composite principalities
Why the kingdom of Darius conquered by Alexander did not rebel against his successors after his death
How cities or principalities which lived under their own laws should be administered after being conquered
New principalities acquired by one's own arms and prowess
New principalities acquired with the help of fortune and foreign arms
Those who come to power by crime
The constitutional principality
How the strength of every principality should be measured
Ecclesiastical principalities
Military organization and mercenary troops
Auxiliary, composite, and native troops
How a prince should organize his militia
The things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed
Generosity and parsimony
Cruelty and compassion; and whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse
How princes should honour their word
The need to avoid contempt and hatred
Whether fortresses and many of the other present-day expedients to which princes have recourse are useful or not
How a prince must act to win honour
A prince's personal staff
How flatterers must be shunned
Why the Italian princes have lost their states
How far human affairs are governed by fortune, and how fortune can be opposed
Exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians
Glossary of Proper Names
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