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Prince - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0140449150

Cover of Prince  REV 99 (ISBN 978-0140449150)
ISBN13: 978-0140449150
ISBN10: 0140449159
Edition: REV 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 1999
International: No

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Prince - REV 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140449150

Niccolo Machiavelli and George Translator Bull

ISBN13: 978-0140449150
ISBN10: 0140449159
Edition: REV 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 1999
International: No

The shrewd, insightful manifesto on absolute power

Rejecting the traditional values of political theory, Machiavelli drew upon his own experiences of office in the turbulent Florentine republic to write his celebrated treatise on statecraft. While Machiavelli was only one of the many Florentine "prophets of force," he differed from the ruling elite in recognizing the complexity and fluidity of political life.

Author Bio

Machiavelli, Niccolo :

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama.

Bull, George (Translator) :

George Bull, author and journalist, has translated six volumes for Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Selected Books
Machiavelli's Principal Works
Letter to the Magnificent Lorenzo de Medici
I How many kinds of principality there are and the ways in which they are acquired
II Hereditary principalities
III Composite principalities
IV Why the kingdom of Darius conquered by Alexander did not rebel against his successors after his death
V How cities or principalities which lived under their own laws should be administered after being conquered
VI New principalities acquired by one's own arms and prowess
VII New principalities acquired with the help of fortune and foreign arms
VIII Those who come to power by crime
IX The constitutional principality
X How the strength of every principality should be measured
XI Ecclesiastical principalities
XII Military organization and mercenary troops
XIII Auxiliary, composite, and native troops
XIV How a prince should organize his militia
XV The things for which men, and especially princes, are praised or blamed
XVI Generosity and parsimony
XVII Cruelty and compassion; and whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse
XVIII How princes should honour their word
XIX The need to avoid contempt and hatred
XX Whether fortresses and many of the other present-day expedients to which princes have recourse are useful or not
XXI How a prince must act to win honour
XXII A prince's personal staff
XXIII How flatterers must be shunned
XXIV Why the Italian princes have lost their states
XXV How far human affairs are governed by fortune, and how fortune can be opposed
XXVI Exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians
Glossary of Proper Names

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