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The prince

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 1980.
Series: A Mentor book, MW2123; A Mentor book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For over four hundred years, The Prince has been the basic handbook of politics, statesmanship, and power. Written by a Florentine nobleman whose name has become a synonym for crafty plotting, it is a fascinating political and social document, as pertinent today as when it first appeared. Machiavelli wanted to set down for all time the rules and moves in the ageless game of politics, and, as the most successful  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Niccolò Machiavelli
ISBN: 0451627555 9780451627551 0451621239 9780451621238
OCLC Number: 32944177
Notes: The Oxford University Press "World's classics" translation by Luigi Ricci, revised by E.R.P. Vincent.
Description: 127 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: The various kinds of government and the ways by which they are established --
Of hereditary monarchies --
Of mixed monarchies --
Why the kingdom of Darius, occupied by Alexander, did not rebel against the successors of the latter after his death --
The way to govern cities or dominions that, previous to being occupied, lived under their own laws --
Of new dominions which have been acquired by one's own arms and ability --
Of new dominions acquired by the power of others or by fortune --
Of those who have attained the position of prince by villainy --
Of the civic principality --
How the strength of all states should be measured --
Of Ecclesiastical principalities --
The different kinds of militia and mercenary soldiers --
Of auxiliary, mixed, and native troops --
The duties of a prince with regard to the militia --
Of the things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed --
Of liberality and niggardliness --
Of cruelty and clemency, and whether it is better to be loved or feared --
In what way princes must keep faith --
That we must avoid being despised and hated --
Whether fortresses and other things which princes often contrive are useful or injurious --
How a prince must act in order to gain reputation --
Of the secretaries of princes --
How flatterers must be shunned --
Why the princes of Italy have lost their states --
How much fortune can do in human affairs and how it may be opposed --
Exhortation to liberate Italy from the Barbarians.
Series Title: A Mentor book, MW2123; A Mentor book.
Responsibility: Niccolo ̀Machiavelli ; introduction by Christian Gauss.

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For over four hundred years, The Prince has been the basic handbook of politics, statesmanship, and power. Written by a Florentine nobleman whose name has become a synonym for crafty plotting, it is a fascinating political and social document, as pertinent today as when it first appeared. Machiavelli wanted to set down for all time the rules and moves in the ageless game of politics, and, as the most successful statesman of his day, he devised this highly readable formula for the man who seeks power. There was little modern democracy in sixteenth century Italy, and as a result, Machiavelli's work became thought of as a blueprint for dictators--instead of a guide for efficient democratic government. Witty, informative and devilishly shrewd, Machiavelli has long been required reading for everyone interested in politics and power.

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