The Prince (Penguin Classics)

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Rejecting the traditional values of political theory, Niccolo Machiavelli drew upon his own experiences of office in the Florentine Republic when he wrote his celebrated treatise on statecraft, which holds such power to shock that at one time he was identified with Satan himself. In his own turbulent times, however, Machiavelli was concerned not with lofty ideals, but with government that would last. Here he states uncompromisingly what, to some degree, most governments do, but none profess to do. As Anthony Grafton states in the detailed discussion of the text in his new Introduction, in insisting that each political situation be judged individually, Machiavelli became "the political teacher of Europe."

The tough realities of Machiavelli's Italian are well preserved in the clear, unambiguous English of George Bull's revised translation. Included for the first time in this new edition are a chronology, a translator's note, a list of Machiavelli's principal works, and a map of Italy.

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Machiavelli's treatise on statecraft, first published in 1517. Using as his model Cesare Borgia, a Florentine prince who stopped at nothing to achieve political position, Machiavelli describes, even recommends, ruthless despotism, cunning magnaminity and cruelty for successful government.

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Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was appointed secretary and Second Chancellor to the Florentine Republic in 1498. He was dismissed from his post in 1512 and forced to withdraw from public life, after which time he wrote THE PRINCE, a handbook for rulers. GEORGE BULL translated widely from the Italian, including for Penguin Classics including Cellini's 'Autobiography' and Vasari's 'Lives of the Artists'. ANTHONY GRAFTON teaches European intellectual history at Princeton University.

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