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The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

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full title  ·  The Prince

author  · Niccolò Machiavelli

type of work  · Political treatise; letter; manual

language  · Italian

time and place written  · Started in July 1513, finished in 1514; Florence, Italy

date of first publication  · 1532, after Machiavelli’s death; first English translation appeared in 1640.

themes · Statesmanship and warcraft; goodwill and hatred; free will; virtue; human nature

political context  ·  The Prince was written during a time of political turbulence as a practical guide to help Lorenzo de’ Medici stay in power. Lorenzo did not agree with many of Machiavelli’s suggestions. The book appeared on the pope’s “Index of Prohibited Books” in 1559.

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Mixed Up

by PinguZ45, January 29, 2014

It's supposed to be able to ward of wolves like a lion and recognize traps like a fox. Sorry, just a minor correction

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Hobbes was NOT a monarchist

by Ultra_Vires, May 01, 2014

Hobbes was not a monarchist; this is stated in the introduction written by C.B MacPhearson in Hobbes' Leviathan. It's true he wanted order, but calling him a Monarchist is wrong; he merely advocated a SOVREIGN. He alienated Monarchists by claiming that divine rule was NOT a legitimate form of governance.

"He preached obedience, that is to say, he set out the rational grounds for obedience, to whatever political authority actually exercised power at the time. But his doctrine was not calculated to please any of those who successively ... Read more

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