The Prince

The Prince

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'A prince must not have any other object nor any other thought...but war, its institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only art befitting one who commands.'

When Machiavelli's brief treatise on Renaissance statecraft and princely power was posthumously published in 1532, it generated a debate that has raged unabated until the present day. Based upon Machiavelli's first-hand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyses the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. Machiavelli added a dimension of incisive realism to one of the major philosophical and
political issues of his time, especially the relationship between public deeds and private morality. His book provides a remarkably uncompromising picture of the true nature of power, no matter in what era or by whom it is exercised.

This fluent new translation is accompanied by comprehensive notes and an introduction that considers the true purpose of The Prince and dispels some of the myths associated with it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 14mm | 148g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0199535698
  • 9780199535699
  • 17,692

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Literary scholar Peter Bondanella rightly seeks the cold elegance and readability of the original. Serious English readers will want both translations. Lauro Martines, TLS
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Literary scholar Peter Bondanella rightly seeks the cold elegance and readability of the original. Serious English readers will want both translations. * Lauro Martines, TLS *
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About Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli wurde am 3. Mai 1469 in San Casciano in Val di Pesa geboren. Er entstammte einer angesehenen, jedoch verarmten Familie. Er wuchs zusammen mit seinen drei Geschwistern in Florenz auf, der Vater arbeitete hauptsächlich als Anwalt. Mit seinem geringen Gehalt unterhielt dieser eine kleine Bibliothek und ermöglichte seinem Sohn Niccolò; eine umfassende humanistische Bildung. So lernte Machiavelli schon früh die antiken Klassiker kennen. Machiavelli war von 1498 bis 1512 Staatssekretär der Zweiten Kanzlei des Rats der "Dieci di pace e di libertà" der Republik Florenz und als solcher für die Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik zuständig. Um 1509 entstanden erste Denkschriften und Theaterstücke. Machiavellis dramatisches Schaffen umfasste sechs Werke, von denen nur drei erhalten sind. Vor allem aufgrund seines Werks "Il Principe (" Der Fürst ") gilt er als einer der bedeutendsten Staatsphilosophen der Neuzeit. Sein politisches Hauptwerk "Discorsi" ist darüber in den Hintergrund getreten. Macchiavelli starb am 21. Juni 1527 in Florenz.

Maurizio Viroli, geb. 1952 in der Emilia-Romagna, ist international einer der bedeutendsten Machiavelli-Forscher und lehrt heute Politische Wissenschaften an der Universität Princeton. Zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen.
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