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Not much in substance has changed in 500 years
on May 10, 2013
Almost finished reading the book and it is just common sense, pure and simple. Common sense, however, never ruled the world and still does not. Perhaps now little more than 500 years ago but it can be argued that CAUTION is now more necessary than ever before since weapons have improved a lot as well as the means to deliver them.
Machiavelli was a real genius completely disregarding all ideologies of his time, mostly religious and seeing things as they were. Amazing to remember 20th century that got hundreds of millions killed presumably for various ideologies.
Did Hitler and Stalin read Machiavelli? I do not think so and neither did, of course, Hirohito who can be, perhaps, somewhat excused since he may have had difficulties with European languages.
Machiavelli has for some reasons rather bad reputation. As I see it is inevitable - ideology still rules in many different forms that contradict fundamentally each other.
Bad reputation, indeed. With the help of Wikipedia I found out at least two problems posteriority (way before our times) found him a bad guy.
First he was blamed for St. Bartholomew night that was, as many of us learned, a major massacre of Huguenots in France.
The second critic was Frederic of Germany (kind of) also called for some reasons the Great. With critics like that the guy needs some defense. This review, of course, will not change anything but one old Czech man living in California has to try anyway.
Is this book required reading for all courses of 'political science' on all of our places of higher education? One would hope so.
Five stars. Not many books deserve that.