Machiavelli The Prince

ISBN-10: 0521349931

ISBN-13: 9780521349932

Edition: 1988

Authors: Niccol� Machiavelli, Russell Price, Quentin Skinner, Raymond Geuss, Raymond Geuss

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 190
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
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.

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