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The Prince,9780140441079

The Prince

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9780140441079

ISBN10:
0140441077
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/30/1961
Publisher(s):
Penguin Classics
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Summary

Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.

Author Biography

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.


George Bull is an author and journalist who has translated six volumes for the Penguin Classics: Benvenuto Cellini’s Autobiography, The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Vasari’s Lives of the Artists (two volumes), The Prince by Machiavelli and Pietro Aretino’s Selected Letters. He is also Consultant Editor to the Penguin Business Series. After reading history at Brasenose College, Oxford, George Bull worked for the Financial Times, McGraw-Hill World News, and for the Director magazine, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until 1984. His other books include Vatican Politics; Bid for Power (with Anthony Vice), a history of take-over bids; Renaissance Italy, a book for children; Venice: The Most Triumphant City; and Inside the Vatican.
George Bull is an author and journalist who has translated six volumes for the Penguin Classics: Benvenuto Cellini’s Autobiography, The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Vasari’s Lives of the Artists (two volumes), The Prince by Machiavelli and Pietro Aretino’s Selected Letters. He is also Consultant Editor to the Penguin Business Series. After reading history at Brasenose College, Oxford, George Bull worked for the Financial Times, McGraw-Hill World News, and for the Director magazine, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until 1984. His other books include Vatican Politics; Bid for Power (with Anthony Vice), a history of take-over bids; Renaissance Italy, a book for children; Venice: The Most Triumphant City; and Inside the Vatican.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Mentor Editionp. 7
The various kinds of Government and the ways by which they are establishedp. 33
Of Hereditary Monarchiesp. 34
Of Mixed Monarchiesp. 35
Why the Kingdom of Darius, occupied by Alexander, did not rebel against the successors of the latter after his deathp. 43
The way to govern Cities or Dominions that, previous to being occupied, lived under their own Lawsp. 46
Of New Dominions which have been acquired by one's own arms and abilityp. 48
Of New Dominions acquired by the Power of others or by Fortunep. 52
Of those who have attained the position of Prince by villainyp. 59
Of the Civic Principalityp. 63
How the strength of all States should be measuredp. 67
Of Ecclesiastical Principalitiesp. 69
The different kinds of Militia and Mercenary Soldiersp. 72
Of Auxiliary, Mixed, and Native Troopsp. 77
The Duties of a Prince with regard to the Militiap. 81
Of the things for which Men, and especially Princes, are praised or blamedp. 84
Of Liberality and Niggardlinessp. 86
Of Cruelty and Clemency, and whether it is better to be loved or fearedp. 89
In what way Princes must keep Faithp. 92
That we must avoid being despised and hatedp. 95
Whether Fortresses and other things which Princes often contrive are useful or injuriousp. 105
How a Prince must act in order to gain reputationp. 110
Of the Secretaries of Princesp. 114
How Flatterers must be shunnedp. 116
Why the Princes of Italy have lost their Statesp. 118
How much Fortune can do in human affairs and how it may be opposedp. 120
Exhortation to liberate Italy from the Barbariansp. 124
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