The Prince (Norton Critical Editions)

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-05-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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"This political science classic still has the power to shock, just as it did when first published almost five hundred years ago. Fritz Weaver reads in an appropriately detached manner, for it is this air of objectivity regarding the ruthless pursuit of political power that has made Machiavelli's name synonymous with evil. This quality recording begins and ends with ceremonial music, which sets the right tone for a treatise directed to royalty. A masterpiece of prophecy, psychological insight, and forceful prose, "The Prince "is a classic of realpolitik, stunningly relevant to our times.

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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