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The prince

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli; George Bull; Anthony Grafton
Publisher: London, England ; New York, New York, USA : Penguin Books, 2006. ©1999
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edition, anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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Treatise on political power, statecraft, and the qualities of the ideal ruler.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niccolò Machiavelli; George Bull; Anthony Grafton
ISBN: 0140447520 9780140447521 9780140455335 0140455337 0140449159 9780140449150
OCLC Number: 60182433
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: This translation originally published : 1961.
Translation of: Il principe. Roma, 1531.
Description: xxxv, 106 pages : 1 map ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Anthony Grafton --
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.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Principe.
Responsibility: Niccolò Machiavelli ; translated with notes by George Bull ; with an introduction by Anthony Grafton.
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