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The Prince (Crofts Classics)
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Widely read for its insights into history and politics, "The Prince is 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.
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Introduction vii To the magnificent Lorenzo, son of piero de medici xiii 1.Types of Monarchy and How They Are Acquired 1 II. Hereditary Monarchies 1 III. Mixed Monarchies 2 IV. Why the Kingdom of Darius, Occupied by Alexander, Did Not Rebel Against Alexander s Successors after His Death 10 V. How Cities or States Previously Independent Must Be Governed after Occupation 12 VI. Of New Monarchies Acquired by One s Arms and Ability 13 VII. New Monarchies Acquired by the Power of Others or by Fortune 16 VIII. On Those Who Have Become Princes by Crime 23 IX. Civil Monarchy 26 X. How the Strength of All Monarchies Should Be Measured 29 XI. Eccelesiastical Monarchies 31 XII. Various Kinds of Troops with Special Discussion of Mercenaries 33 XIII. Auxiliaries, Mixed, and Native Troops 38 XIV. The Prince s Duty in Military Matters 41 XV. On Things for Which Men, and Particularly Princes, Are Praised or Blamed 44 XVI. Generosity and Meanness 45 XVII. Cruelty and Clemency and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved or Feared 47 XVIII. In What Manner Princes Should Keep Their Word 50 XIX. Essential to Avoid Being Hated or Despised 52 XX. Whether the Building of Fortresses or Other Measures Taken by Princes Are Useful or Dangerous 61 XXI. How a Prince Should Conduct Himself in Order to Acquire Prestige 65 XXII. The Prince s Ministers 68 XXIII. How to Avoid Flatterers 69 XXIV. Why the Princes of Italy Have Lost Their States 71 XXV. The Influence of Fortune on Human Affairs and How It May Be Countered 72 XXVI. Exhortation to Free Italy from the Barbarians 75 Bibliography 79 Index of Proper Names 80

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""Connell provides by far the best historical introduction to a student text of The Prince "that I have ever seen. It is concise, clear, and remarkably straight-forward given the complexity of the issues it treats, including not only the precise context of the work's composition, but also some very helpful description of its reception. As a whole, in my view, this edition of The Prince "is the very best available in English, and I look forward to using it in my classes."

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