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Widely read for its insights into history and politics,The Princeis one of the most provocative works of the Italian Renaissance. Based on Niccolo Machiavelli's observations of the effectiveness of both ancient and contemporary statesmen, the rules for governing set forth in his manual were considered radical and harsh by his contemporaries and shocking to many since then. This major new edition combines an accurate and accessible new translation with important related documents, many of which appear here in English for the first time. In his lucid introductory essay, William J. Connell offers fresh insights into Machiavelli's life, the meaning of his work, the context in which it was written, and its influence over time. Document headnotes, maps, a chronology of Machiavelli's life, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and index provide further pedagogical support.
WILLIAM J. CONNELL, professor of history, holds the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University. He has also taught at Reed College and Rutgers University. A specialist in late medieval and early modern European history, he is the author of La città dei crucci: fazioni e clientele in uno stato repubblicano del ‘400 (2000), editor of Society and Individual in Renaissance Florence (2002), and coeditor of Florentine Tuscany: Structures and Practices of Power (2000). He has been a Fulbright Scholar, an I Tatti Fellow, and a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and since 1992 secretary of the Journal of the History of Ideas.
Table of Contents
PART ONE Introduction: The Puzzle of The Prince An Extreme Book for Extreme Times Humanists and Heretics Machiavelli Before The Prince The Prince's Prolonged and Difficult Birth Dueling Machiavellis in Early Modern Europe: The Counselor to Tyrants and the Republican Conspirator The Prince and the Autonomy of Politics: A Blessing and a Curse
PART TWO The Document The Prince
PART THREE Related Documents 1. Niccolò Machiavelli, Letter to Giovan Battista Soderini, circa September 13-27, 1506 2. Francesco Vettori, Letter to Niccolò Machiavelli, November 23, 1513 3. Niccolò Machiavelli, Letter to Francesco Vettori, December 10, 1513 4. Niccolò Machiavelli, The Thrushes: A Sonnet, 1513 5. Riccardo Riccardi, Machiavelli's Presentation of The Prince, circa 1580 6. Niccolò Guicciardini, From a Letter to Luigi Guicciardini, July 29, 1517 7. Early Prefaces of The Prince Biagio Buonaccorsi, Prefatory Letter to Pandolfo Bellacci, circa 1516-17 Teofilo Mochi, Prefatory Letter, circa 1530 Antonio Blado, Dedicatory Letter to Filippo Strozzi, January 4, 1532 Bernardo Giunta, Dedicatory Letter to Giovanni Gaddi, May 8, 1532 8. Agostino Nifo, From On Skill in Ruling. 1523 9. Giovan Battista Busini, From a Letter to Benedetto Varchi, January 23, 1549 10. Benedetto Varchi, From the Florentine History, 1565 11. Étienne Binet, From Machiavelli's Dream, 1629 12. Reginald Pole, From the Apology to Charles V, 1534 13. Innocent Gentillet, From the Discourses Against Machiavelli, 1576 14. Christopher Marlowe, From The Jew of Malta, circa 1590 15. Frederick the Great, From The Refutation of Machiavelli's "Prince," 1740 16. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, From On the Social Contract, After 1762 17. Benito Mussolini, "A Prelude to Machiavelli," 1924 18. Antonio Gramsci, From the Prison Notebooks, 1932-34
Appendixes Maps A Machiavelli Chronology (1469-1527) Questions for Consideration Selected Bibliography Index