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The Prince Paperback – May 15, 2003
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"A superb translation; with an excellent, sensible introduction."--Michael Altschul, Case Western Reserve University
"Bondanella's 'Introduction' is excellent; also, the fine translation offers much for the humanity student."--Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College
"Every leader in the third world should read this and be advised by it." --Godwin C. Duru, Ohio Dominican College
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The Medicis were a fascinating family, and for anyone interested in their impact on Italian history and culture, this book is very informative. Machiavelli dedicated The Prince to Giuliano de' Medici, and depending on how much you know of the Medici family and their ruling practices in general, it is very interesting to note the relationship between the guidelines in this book and the history of the Medici's governmental policies.
This book provides a thorough analysis of European politics and morals during the Middle Ages. While some of the suggested guidelines may seem at first to be unethical or based on practical success, keep in mind that to understand the full meaning of the text, you must interpret it while keeping in mind a sense of the realities of the time, which have obviously changed. In keeping with our present sense of values, Machiavelli may seem cruel and ruthless, but read it and put it in the perspective of Italy in the Middle Ages. It makes for a much deeper, clearer read.
The Prince by Machiavelli is a brief but complex political management system designed to be run by a prince administered using a series of protocols for any given situation based on Machiavelli's interpretation of the history of the rise and fall of world governments with an emphasis on the Roman Empire and current trends in 16th century monarchy rule.
Machiavelli's analysis of the historical record paved the way for princes to develop awareness of the problem of emergent barbarianism both internal and external. Machiavelli highlighted the need for a prince to always remain liked but indicated that being wanted did not necessarily mean being kind and showed how a cruel prince could also be beneficial to the state which would function, sometimes better, under ruthlessness depending on certain conditions.
Machiavelli was able to successfully understand the different types of principalities and how princes come to power and how they could retain that power tactically. He often cited historical sources to prove his points. The Prince teaches how to acquire cities and how they should be ruled especially after being annexed. In this respect it is also a war treatise although it deals with gain by means other than war. However this is not unusual for a warfare discourse. There are methods of determining strength and calculating a response and so The Prince is a strategic book that has its bases in game theory.Read more ›
Two men, living hundreds of years apart, in many ways, wrote with parallel opinions and conclusions. Most well known is Machiavelli's The Prince; however, in many ways, the greater impact came from lesser known Cesare Beccaria, with An Essay on Crimes and Punishments--the latter being the basis upon which many of our governments and laws have been established.
Both men emphasized that the virtue of man should be the basis of our interpersonal actions. Yet they also conceded that man's seemingly instinctual appetite for power prevents that base virtue from ruling our decisions. Given the continued use of military might of one country against another, it is abundantly clear that what Machiavelli wrote in the 15th century and Beccaria wrote in the 18th continues to hold true today.
The Prince was written based upon Machiavelli's observations and analysis of what was happening in his country. His books resulted in his recognition as the founder of political science inasmuch as he was the first to analyze various forms of government.
Many of us may also observe, perhaps evaluate and analyze, and come to the conclusion that somebody has to do something. Machiavelli, in writing The Prince did just that. He wrote and sent his treatise directly to Lorenzo De Medici, Duke of Urbino...as a token of his service. Throughout The Prince Machiavelli constantly refers to the virtues needed to be an effective leader, an effective prince. At the same time, he looks at what actually happened, using events of those days, and effectively explained what was done right or wrong.Read more ›
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Amazing read with great knowledge. A must by for those who want to be in the know and reality of life.Published 13 months ago by Jalunna Easter
Heard THE PRINCE by Niccolo Machiavelli, one of those books
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This book was written by the famous Italian statesman Niccolo Machiavelli in 1531. This book is a classic and I was pleasantly surprised that the content was not dated and the... Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Steve Burns
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This book will make you see history in a different light, and is insightful into how kings and rulers have viewed thier powers and responsibilities.Published on December 13, 2007 by Lillian Belt