The prince
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The prince
By Niccolò Machiavelli
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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 of The 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
  • THE PRINCE
  • Translated by W. K. Marriott
  • INTRODUCTION
  • YOUTH — Aet. 1-25—1469-94
  • OFFICE — Aet. 25-43—1494-1512
  • LITERATURE AND DEATH — Aet. 43-58—1512-27
  • THE MAN AND HIS WORKS
  • DEDICATION
  • THE PRINCE
  • CHAPTER I — HOW MANY KINDS OF PRINCIPALITIES THERE ARE, AND BY WHAT MEANS THEY ARE ACQUIRED
  • CHAPTER II — CONCERNING HEREDITARY PRINCIPALITIES
  • CHAPTER III — CONCERNING MIXED PRINCIPALITIES
  • CHAPTER IV — WHY THE KINGDOM OF DARIUS, CONQUERED BY ALEXANDER, DID NOT REBEL AGAINST THE SUCCESSORS OF ALEXANDER AT HIS DEATH
  • CHAPTER V — CONCERNING THE WAY TO GOVERN CITIES OR PRINCIPALITIES WHICH LIVED UNDER THEIR OWN LAWS BEFORE THEY WERE ANNEXED
  • CHAPTER VI — CONCERNING NEW PRINCIPALITIES WHICH ARE ACQUIRED BY ONE'S OWN ARMS AND ABILITY
  • CHAPTER VII — CONCERNING NEW PRINCIPALITIES WHICH ARE ACQUIRED EITHER BY THE ARMS OF OTHERS OR BY GOOD FORTUNE
  • CHAPTER VIII — CONCERNING THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED A PRINCIPALITY BY WICKEDNESS
  • CHAPTER IX — CONCERNING A CIVIL PRINCIPALITY
  • CHAPTER X — CONCERNING THE WAY IN WHICH THE STRENGTH OF ALL PRINCIPALITIES OUGHT TO BE MEASURED
  • CHAPTER XI — CONCERNING ECCLESIASTICAL PRINCIPALITIES
  • CHAPTER XII — HOW MANY KINDS OF SOLDIERY THERE ARE, AND CONCERNING MERCENARIES
  • CHAPTER XIII — CONCERNING AUXILIARIES, MIXED SOLDIERY, AND ONE'S OWN
  • CHAPTER XIV — THAT WHICH CONCERNS A PRINCE ON THE SUBJECT OF THE ART OF WAR
  • CHAPTER XV — CONCERNING THINGS FOR WHICH MEN, AND ESPECIALLY PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED
  • CHAPTER XVI — CONCERNING LIBERALITY AND MEANNESS
  • CHAPTER XVII — CONCERNING CRUELTY AND CLEMENCY, AND WHETHER IT IS BETTER TO BE LOVED THAN FEARED
  • CHAPTER XVIII(*) — CONCERNING THE WAY IN WHICH PRINCES SHOULD KEEP FAITH
  • CHAPTER XIX — THAT ONE SHOULD AVOID BEING DESPISED AND HATED
  • CHAPTER XX — ARE FORTRESSES, AND MANY OTHER THINGS TO WHICH PRINCES OFTEN RESORT, ADVANTAGEOUS OR HURTFUL?
  • CHAPTER XXI — HOW A PRINCE SHOULD CONDUCT HIMSELF SO AS TO GAIN RENOWN
  • CHAPTER XXII — CONCERNING THE SECRETARIES OF PRINCES
  • CHAPTER XXIII — HOW FLATTERERS SHOULD BE AVOIDED
  • CHAPTER XXIV — WHY THE PRINCES OF ITALY HAVE LOST THEIR STATES
  • CHAPTER XXV — WHAT FORTUNE CAN EFFECT IN HUMAN AFFAIRS AND HOW TO WITHSTAND HER
  • CHAPTER XXVI — AN EXHORTATION TO LIBERATE ITALY FROM THE BARBARIANS
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE METHODS ADOPTED BY THE DUKE VALENTINO WHEN MURDERING VITELLOZZO VITELLI, OLIVEROTTO DA FERMO, THE SIGNOR PAGOLO, AND THE DUKE DI GRAVINA ORSINI
    • BY
  • NICOLO MACHIAVELLI
  • THE LIFE OF CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI OF LUCCA
    • WRITTEN BY NICOLO MACHIAVELLI
      • And sent to his friends ZANOBI BUONDELMONTI And LUIGI ALAMANNI
  • CASTRUCCIO CASTRACANI 1284-1328
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