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The Prince - Complete and Unabridged
The Prince - Complete and Unabridged

The Prince - Complete and Unabridged

by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Language

English

Publisher

Blueberry Books

ISBN

9789380848136 - Year: 2011 - Pages: 125

Binding

Paperback

Niccolo Machiavelli
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Author: Niccolo Machiavelli
Publisher: Blueberry Books
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 125
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380848136

Description

Machiavelli begins by offering a short defense of why he, an ordinary citizen, should know more than rulers about the art of ruling. He uses a metaphor to justify himself: a person standing on a mountain is best positioned to survey the landscape below, and a person standing below is best positioned to survey the mountain. Similarly, writes Machiavelli, “to comprehend fully the nature of princes one must be an ordinary citizen. “Implicit in this claim is the idea that the removed perspective of an observer is a more reliable guide than practical experience, and a better means of improving the art of ruling.

The dedication gives the reader an idea of Machiavelli’s intended audience. Though the book has a scholarly tone, it is not for fellow scholars. The Prince is meant to advise, instruct, and influence the minds of rulers. It was, originally, a kind of practical “how-to” guide for aspiring princes. Only later did The Prince become regarded as an important treatise on political philosophy.

Contents

Contents

1. How Many Kinds of Principalities
2. Concerning Hereditary Principalities
3. Concerning Mixed Principalities
4. Why the Kingdom of Darius, Conquered by Alexander, Did Not Rebel Against The Successors of Alexander At His Death
5. Concerning The Way To Govern Cities Or Principalities Which Lived Under Their Own Laws Before They Were Annexed
6. Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired By One’s Arms Ability
7. Concerning New Principalities Which Are Acquired Either By The Arms Of Others Or By Good Fortune
8. Concerning Those Who Have Obtained A Principality By Wickedness
9. Concerning A Civil Principality
10. Concerning The Way In Which The Strength Of All Principalities Ought To Be Measured
11. Concerning Ecclesiastical Principalities
12. How Many Kinds Of Soldiery There Are, And Concerning Mercenaries
13. Concerning Auxiliaries, Mixed Soldiery, And One’s Own
14. That Which Concerns A Prince On The Subject Of The Art Of War
15. Concerning Things For Which Men, And Especially Princes, Are Praised Or Blamed
16. Concerning Liberality And Meanness
17. Concerning Cruelty And Clemency, And Whether It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared
18. Concerning The Way In Which Princes Should Keep Faith
19. That One Should Avoid Being Despised And Hated
20. Are Fortresses, And Many Other Things To Which Princes Often Resort, Advantageous Or Hurtful?
21. How A Prince Should Conduct Himself As To Gain Renown
22. Concerning The Secretaries Of Princes
23. How Flatterers Should Be Avoided
24. The Princes Of Italy Have Lost Their States
25. What Fortune Can Effect In Human Affairs, And How To Withstand Her
26. An Exhortation To Liberate Italy From The Barbarians

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