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Machiavelli: The Prince

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  • In his introduction to this new translation by Russell Price, Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries. This new edition includes notes on the principal events in Machiavelli's life, and on the vocabulary of The Prince, as well as biographical notes on characters in the text.

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    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107298927
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's note
    Principals events in Machiavelli's life
    Bibliographical note
    Translator's note
    Dedicatory letter
    1. The different kinds of principality and how they are acquired
    2. Hereditary principalities
    3. Mixed principalities
    4. Why the Kingdom of Darius, conquered by Alexander, did not rebel against his successors after Alexander's death
    5. How one should govern cities or principalities that, before being conquered, used to live under their own laws
    6. New principalities acquired by one's own arms and ability
    7. New principalities acquired through the power of others and their favour
    8. Those who become rulers through wicked means
    9. The civil principality
    10. How the strength of all principalities should be measured
    11. Ecclesiastical principalities
    12. The different types of army, and mercenary troops
    13. Auxiliaries, mixed troop and negative troops
    14. How a ruler should act concerning military matters
    15. The things for which men, and especially rulers, are praised or blamed
    16. Generosity and meanness
    17. Cruelty and mercifulness
    and whether it is better to be loved or feared
    18. How rulers should keep their promises
    19. How contempt and hatred should be avoided
    20. Whether building fortresses, and many other things that rulers frequently do, are useful or not
    21. How a ruler should act in order to gain reputation
    22. The secretaries of rulers
    23. How flatterers should be shunned
    24. Why the rulers of Italy have lost their states
    25. How much power fortune has over human affairs, and how it should be resisted
    26. Exhortation to liberate Italy from the Barbarian yoke
    Bibliographical notes
    Index of subjects
    Index of proper names.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Classical Political Thought
    • Classics of Political Thought
    • Developements in Western Thought ll
    • Discovery and Revolution
    • Dynamic Leadership in Org
    • Florence: Art, Money and Power in the Renaissance City
    • Pol Theory
    • Politics of Affect
    • Power, ritual and society
  • Author

    Niccolo Machiavelli


    Quentin Skinner, University of Cambridge

    Russell Price, Lancaster University

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