The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)

By | June 21, 2019
The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions) Author Niccolò Machiavelli
ISBN-10 0486272745
ISBN-13 9780486272740
Year 1992-09-21
Pages 80
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities Niccol Machiavelli 14691527 was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his primer for princes In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems among them governing hereditary monarchies dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples Refreshing in its directness yet often disturbing in its cold practicality The Prince sets down a frighteningly pragmatic formula for political fortune Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century this calculating prescription for power remains today nearly 500 years after it was written a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule that continues to be much read and studied by students scholars and general readers as well

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