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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli with Related Documents



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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.

Author Biography

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

  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
  The Document
    The Prince
  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
       A Machiavelli Chronology (1469-1527)
       Questions for Consideration
       Selected Bibliography

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