The Prince

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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The most famous book on politics ever written,The Princeremains as lively and shocking today as when it was written almost five hundred years ago. Initially denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and a recommendation of tyranny, it has more recently been defended as the first scientific treatment of politics as it is practiced rather than as it ought to be practiced. Harvey C. Mansfield's brilliant translation of this classic work, along with the new materials added for this edition, make it the definitive version ofThe Prince, indispensable to scholars, students, and those interested in the dark art of politics. This revised edition of Mansfield's acclaimed translation features an updated bibliography, a substantial glossary, an analytic introduction, a chronology of Machiavelli's life, and a map of Italy in Machiavelli's time. "Of the other available [translations], that of Harvey C. Mansfield makes the necessary compromises between exactness and readability, as well as providing an excellent introduction and notes."Clifford Orwin,The Wall Street Journal "Mansfield's work . . . is worth acquiring as the best combination of accuracy and readability."Choice "There is good reason to assert that Machiavelli has met his match in Mansfield. . . . [He] is ready to read Machiavelli as he demands to be readplainly and boldly, but also cautiously."John Gueguen,The Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
A Note on the Translation xxv
Chronology xxix
The Prince 1(2)
Dedicatory Letter 3(2)
How Many Are the Kinds of Principalities and in What Modes They Are Acquired
Of Hereditary Principalities
Of Mixed Principalities
Why the Kingdom of Darius Which Alexander Seized Did Not Rebel from His Successors after Alexander's Death
How Cities or Principalities Which Lived by Their Own Laws before They Were Occupied Should Be Administered
Of New Principalities That Are Acquired through One's Own Arms and Virtue
Of New Principalities That Are Acquired by Other's Arms and Fortune
Of Those Who Have Attained a Principality through Crimes
Of the Civil Principality
In What Mode the Forces of All Principalities Should Be Measured
Of Ecclesiastical Principalities
How Many Kinds of Military There Are and Concerning Mercenary Soldiers
Of Auxiliary, Mixed, and One's Own Soldiers
What a Prince Should Do Regarding the Military
Of Those Things for Which Men and Especially Princes Are Praised or Blamed
Of Liberality and Parsimony
Of Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It is Better to Be Loved Than Feared, or the Contrary
In What Mode Faith Should Be Kept by Princes
Of Avoiding Contempt and Hatred
Whether Fortresses and Many Other Things Which Are Made and Done by Princes Every Day Are Useful or Useless
What a Prince Should Do to be Held in Esteem
Of Those Whom Princes Have as Secretaries
In What Mode Flatterers Are to Be Avoided
Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States
How Much Fortune Can Do in Human Affairs, and in What Mode It May Be Opposed
Exhortation to Seize Italy and to Free Her from the Barbarians
Appendix Machiavelli's Letter of December 10, 1513 107(6)
Glossary 113(28)
Bibliography 141(4)
Index of Proper Names 145

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