The Prince

The Prince

Details

Author(s)
Niccolo Machiavelli
Format
Paperback | 80 pages
Dimensions
4 x 208 x 5.08mm | 68.04g
Publication date
21 Sep 1992
Publisher
Dover Publications Inc.
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
ISBN10
0486272745
ISBN13
9780486272740
Bestsellers rank
330

Description

As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) 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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