The Prince (Paperback)

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THE PRINCE was wirtten by Niccolo' Machiavelli in the 1500s. I has continued to be a best seller in many languages. Presently, it is translated into modern English, with illustrations by Benjamin Martinez and an Introduction by Adolph Cso.


Publisher Dante University of America Press
Mfg Part# 9780937832387
SKU 33859116
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0937832383
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.5T
Author Info
Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccol? di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, author of the influential political treatise THE PRINCE, lived and worked for the majority of his life in his beloved Florence, Italy. At the age of 29, he entered public service as a secondary-level government chancellor. Machiavelli eventually gained more power, taking on duties in foreign affairs and defense, and voyaging to different parts of Europe on various missions. In 1512, the Medicis returned to power after having been in exile, and Machiavelli was relinquished from his position, imprisoned and tortured. After his ordeal, Machiavelli returned to a family estate near Florence, in poverty. Machiavelli wrote THE PRINCE (1513) during this period, as well as the majority of THE DISCOURSES ON LIVY (1531). Additionally, Machiavelli wrote poems, plays, and a large body of correspondence, including a multi-volume HISTORY OF FLORENCE (1532) and the dramatic comedy THE MANDRAKE (La Mandragola, 1518). Following the death of Duke Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli returned to public service in both a political capacity, and as the official historiographer of the republic. The word "Machiavellian" has come to be associated with the dishonorable methods a ruler may employ in attaining and maintaining power. Nevertheless, Machiavelli has influenced countless Western philosophers and rulers, and his contribution to ethical debates and political theory is significant.
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Annotation In his most famous work, THE PRINCE (Il Principe), Machiavelli described the ideal prince and encouraged the people of Italy to imagine what it might be like if such a person led a unified Italy. Written in 1513 and published posthumously in 1532, THE PRINCE has been interpreted both as a genuine handbook for potential rulers and as a satirical portrait of certain prevailing styles of leadership of the time. Instead of advocating a sense of moral obligation to one's constituents, Machiavelli believed that it is far better for a leader to be feared than liked. He believed that the ends justify the means, and deceit, ruthlessness, and greed are acceptable in the interest of maintaining power. Though THE PRINCE may have influenced Hitler and Mussolini, the Machiavellian principles outlined in it have earned the work a place on many, if not most, lists of required reading for government and political science courses.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0140
Publisher Dante University of America Press
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